Employee News - August 6, 2020

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King County Employee News


Get to know the Voluntary Separation Program 

During challenging budgetary times, King County’s Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) allows approved agencies to offer retirement-eligible regular employees a financial incentive of $20,540 to leave County employment in a mutually beneficial agreement. Currently, there are a few agencies that have been approved to offer the program for a limited time in 2020. 

In order to be eligible for the program, an employee must: 

  • Have at least five years of continual current County service, 
  • Not be a temporary employee, and 
  • Be eligible to apply for a pension from the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Retirement System, Public Employees Retirement System, Public Safety Employees Retirement System or the City of Seattle Retirement Plan, before December 31, of the calendar year in which the employee applies for the program. 
  • While the employee must be retirement-eligible and must separate from the county, the employee need not actually begin drawing a pension to be considered eligible for the program.   

Read more.

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Former Metro drivers take on new role as King County Health Ambassadors to slow the spread of COVID-19 

Fatigue from months of quarantine and welcome summer weather have spurred an alarming rise in COVID-19 infection rates compared to early Spring, making it more difficult than ever to observe public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Taking quick action, King County is launching a new COVID Health Ambassador Program next week to offer community outreach, education and health promotion resources to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Read more. 


County recognized for procuring, distributing face coverings for community 

With King County in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and state requirements about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers and businesses. Emergency Management procured the face coverings, and the Executive Department is managing the distribution efforts, working with Chambers of Commerce, King County cities, County Councilmembers, community organizations, churches and faith-based organizations, food banks, senior centers, and other key stakeholders. Read more. 


Firefighters train in Moses Lake 

By Clint Herman, Sergeant, ARFF 

Recently the KCIA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) firefighters participated in a live fire training scenario at Big Bend College in Moses Lake. This type of training is required by the FAA for ARFF personnel to hone our skills in the event of an actual emergency. 

Moses Lake is the closest and most realistic training prop available to us in the Pacific Northwest. A training prop is a steel mock-up of an airplane with fuel-ignited fires so we can practice putting them out. Here’s a video to give you a better idea of how we use a training prop. 

We were joined by our partners from Paine Field Fire Department and the Pendleton Oregon Fire Department. Having multiple agencies train with us give us the chance to learn from them and improve our response to potential emergencies. Read more.  

What to Expect Staying at a King County Isolation and Quarantine Center 

King County continues to offer community members a safe place to isolate, quarantine and recover from COVID-19. A new video shows what guests can expect. 

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are awaiting a test result or tested positive for COVID-19 and need a comfortable place to stay, King County’s isolation and quarantine centers are here for you. 

Having a safe place to isolate or quarantine away from vulnerable family members, group settings or if you don’t have a home, is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and can also make your recovery more comfortable. King County’s Department of Community and Human Services quickly stood up centers throughout the County at the onset of the pandemic for this reason, and in partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County, continues to operate and care for our community members who need a place to isolate or quarantine. 

Read more and watch the video below.



Free Parenting Guide for King County employees 

King County employees now have access to a free Parenting Guide, developed by Making Life Easier to help parents navigate COVID-19. In this toolkit, you’ll find:   

  • How Making Life Easier can support you and your family through this time 
  • Resources for creative solutions and supportive practices for navigating the realities of working from home or onsite, remote-learning, and childcare needs 
  • Tips for supporting remote learning at home 
  • Self-care practices, tips, and resources for you and your family 

 To access the toolkit, log in to www.wellspringeap.org with your username: King County, and click on the banner on the home page. 

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Making Life Easier offers live and on-demand webinars for King County employees 

King County employees have access to a variety of upcoming scheduled webinars hosted by Making Life Easier. Register early for live interactive sessions as space is limited; otherwise, recordings will be available on-demand 48 hours after the live session.  

  • Panel Conversation We’re still parenting through a pandemic: Managing this ultimate juggling actThursday, Aug.13, 2020, from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. 
  • Kids, a job, and a teaching gig: Navigating the chaos of 2020 your way, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. 
  • Tools for navigating this marathon of uncertainty, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. 
  • Supporting your working parents in the chaos of 2020: A webinar for managers, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. 

Featured JobCrime and Intelligence Analyst (PPM II) 

Salary$37.97 - $48.13 Hourly 

LocationSeattle, WA 

Job TypeCivil Service, Full Time, 40/hrs Wk 

DepartmentKCSO - Sheriff's Office 

Job Number2020MK11917 

DivisionCriminal Investigations 

Closing8/23/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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