Employee News - December 3, 2020

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Terry White

Executive Constantine appoints Terry White Metro General Manager 

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the appointment of Terry White as General Manager of King County Metro, the region's largest public transportation agency. White currently serves as Interim General Manager and previously served as Deputy General Manager. 

"I am honored to appoint Terry White to be King County Metro General Manager," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "Terry possesses a bold vision for how our transit system can lead with equity and prioritize service where needs are greatest. Across his remarkable 33-year career at Metro, he has unrivaled knowledge, insights, and relationships with the agency's communities, customers, and employees. Most recently serving as Interim General Manager, he is ideally suited to continue to lead Metro during the response and the recovery, and toward rebuilding a transit system that's even better than before." 

Employee Spotlights

Superior Court Chief Administrative Officer Paul L. Sherfey to Retire 

King County Superior Court announced the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Paul L. Sherfey today. CAO is the highest non-judicial officer role in King County Superior Court, and Mr. Sherfey has performed it since its creation by Superior Court judges more than 20 years ago. “Paul Sherfey has been an incredible asset to King County Superior Court, and more broadly, to the people of King County,” said King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Jim Rogers. “His skillful leadership and calm demeanor have steadied Superior Court through countless challenges and achievements. On behalf of King County Superior Court, I thank him for his service, and wish him the best in his retirement.” 


flu shot

Getting a flu shot this season is even more important due to COVID-19 

Winter brings with it darker days and cooler temperatures, but also an increase in respiratory illnesses, like the flu. With the risk of COVID-19 increasing as people head indoors, it is recommended to get a flu vaccine to reduce the risk of getting the flu, severe illness, and hospitalization. This helps minimize the need for medical attention and ensures hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices can care for COVID-19 patients and their health needs. 

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Not only does it prevent flu medical visits, but since it shares some symptoms with COVID-19, getting a flu shot can help avoid confusion, unnecessary quarantine and testing, and stress over potential COVID-19 symptoms. Read more.  


How to use telehealth for mental health 

As we move into the winter months of this pandemic, many people are experiencing increased isolation and stress, which can contribute to deteriorating mental health. If you or your loved ones are struggling emotionally, Balanced You wants you to know that you are not alone, and that professional help is available from the safety of your home through telehealth. For more information on how to access mental health support via telehealth, check out this Balanced You blogpost. 

Emergency Leave

Donated emergency leave helps hundreds of employees affected by COVID-19 

Employees across King County responded to the call to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating leave. As of November 13, nearly 285 King County employees donated sick and vacation leave valued at $774,687. Their generous donations have benefited more than 300 employees in need who’ve been granted 23,162 hours of emergency leave so far this year. 

Some employees have been impacted by COVID-19 more than others and exhausted their paid leave. Access to donated leave has helped them focus on recovering their health or caring for loved ones.  

“COVID-19 has been challenging for our community and our employees,” Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer for King County said. “I’m inspired to see so many generous individuals donate leave to their coworkers who’ve been impacted by these terrible events.” Read more. 

Drop Box

Old-school drop boxes make a comeback in COVID-19 era 

Drop boxes are a low-tech solution that fell out of favor in the internet age. But the Facilities Management Division (FMD) resurrected these relics from the past to serve customers safely while King County buildings remain closed due to COVID-19. In spring 2020, FMD installed nine new drop boxes in collaboration with Treasury, Records and Licensing, Assessments, and Metro. The boxes typically average 100-150 parcels per week, and that number skyrockets up to 350 parcels a week during tax season.   

“Yes, people still conduct transactions via the internet; however, there were no means for people who do not have access to computers to conduct business with the county,” Chris Stenger, FMD building Operations Manager said. “[Drop boxes] keep employees working and provide a means to keep the revenue flow going.” Read more. 

PeopleSoft HCM outage notice, December 4-6 

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available the weekend of Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. 

During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply vendor updates and maintenance. 

This work will begin on Friday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.  

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available. 

We realize that this outage impacts all PeopleSoft users and we appreciate your understanding and support. 

megan and pet

Balanced You Hope and Joy Campaign Coffee Connection: Pet Meet and Greet, December 10 

As part of the Hope and Joy Campaign, the Balanced You team is hosting a series of informal, virtual zoom sessions, called “Coffee Connections,” to provide spaces for employees to connect over fun topics and events. The first Coffee Connection’s theme is “Pet Meet and Greet.” It will be held on Dec. 10 from 10-10:30 a.m. Join us then to introduce your pet to other employees and meet their furry friends. 

Click here to join the Pet Meet and Greet via Zoom on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Balanced You at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov 


Learn about Medicare options, December 15  

Are you reaching Medicare age? Do you want to learn more about Medicare and your options as a King County employee? Sign up for Medicare 101, an upcoming seminar featuring guest speaker Jean Cormier, who will discuss Medicare basics. In addition, Jenny Stark from Regence BlueShield and Hannah Bachelder from Kaiser Permanente will discuss their Medicare Advantage plan options.  

This seminar takes place Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. Register here.  

Please note, attendance is strictly voluntary, on your own time, and non-work related. For more information, contact Carmen Johnson. 

STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback online workshops, Dec. 10 and Dec. 15  

This 60-minute, virtual, small group workshop is designed to provide participants with several rounds of mock interview practice and feedback sessions using the STAR-LA method. To get the most from these mock interview practice sessions, it is strongly recommended that participants have attended the Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques workshop and/or have reviewed the 10 minute STAR-LA Method video 

There are two opportunities to attend this online workshop: Thursday, Dec. 10 from 1-2 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Register here.  

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS along with links to career related tips and resources, visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS. 

Creating Effective Application Materials online workshops, December 14 and January 13  

This two-hour virtual workshop will provide you tips and strategies on how to make your application materials stand out. Learning objectives include: 

  • Understanding the purpose of the job application, resume, cover letter and supplemental questions and how to make each of them more effective 
  • Deciding what to include in your resume and the best format to showcase your qualifications 
  • How to write a cover letter tailored to the specific position 
  • Identifying and showcasing your accomplishments 

There are two opportunities to attend this online workshop: Monday, Dec. 14, from 1-3 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 1-3 p.m. Register here.  

For additional online workshops offered by King County Career Support Services (CSS), visit their Eventbrite page. For more information about CSS along with links to career related tips and resources, visit www.kingcounty.gov/CSS. 

Training Spotlight: Mentorship Lunch and Learn - Online

Would you like to have a mentor, someone who can help you grow professionally? Do you want to strengthen your coaching skills? As a Mentee, you will have a trusted advisor who can help you navigate complex situations, and as a Mentor, you can uncover new or forgotten skills and build influence. This Lunch and Learn is free and the next session is on Dec. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. Register Here 

Please visit our King County Eventbrite page website for more opportunities. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit Learning and Development at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Tech Tip: Do not share Service Alerts regarding the move from Skype to Teams

King County is currently in the midst of an exciting move from Skype to Teams for all communications needs, including calls, meetings and chats/instant messages. Most employees will move by the end of the year, and it is a big undertaking. 

To keep the move to Teams orderly, users are being moved in carefully selected groups. When a user receives Service Alerts about their move, please do not forward these alerts to anyone else. Doing so can confuse other staff about their scheduled time to move to Teams. Thank you to all employees for your cooperation. 

Featured Job: Community Corrections Caseworker

Salary$75,332.82 - $95,489.26 Annually 

LocationMultiple jail facilities in King County, WA 

Job TypeMultiple job types-career service and/or temp 

DepartmentDAJD - Adult & Juvenile Detention 

Job Number2020CB12498 

DivisionCommunity Corrections 

Closing12/13/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

KC Headlines

Metro Matters: Metro waives ORCA card fees on new cards 

Captain’s Blog: West Seattle service canceled Friday afternoon, Dec. 4 

Clean Water Stories: Sharing our know-how with developing countries 

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