Employee News - May 13

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News




Executive Constantine's 2021 State of the County address

King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered the 2021 State of the County to the King County Council on May 11, announcing the first Health Through Housing purchase of a hotel in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood, the return of Trailhead Direct, and relaunch of rental assistance grants.

You can watch a recording of the address and read a full transcript of the address here.


What parents should know about vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Crossposted from the Public Health Insider

Youth age 12-15 can now get COVID-19 vaccination. Public Health - Seattle & King County immunizations manager answers questions, including about what teens can do after vaccination, testing of the vaccine, and how this age group can get vaccinated in King County. Read more.

Employee Spotlights


Metro working with Public Health to get the word out on vaccines

While COVID-19 vaccine availability has been steadily increasing in the region, the number of people getting vaccinated has begun to level off. Recently, Metro hosted a King County employee vaccine clinic at Metro’s South Training Center where Virginia Mason Franciscan Health vaccinated 575 King County employees. During the preparation for that clinic, Metro realized that some of their mission-critical workers are hesitant to get the vaccine.

Read how Metro partnered with Public Health - Seattle & King County to address their concerns. 



King County's diverse South Asian community unites to fight COVID-19

Crossposted from the Public Health Insider

On most Sundays, the Gurudwara Singh Sabha is a gathering place for members of the Sikh faith, most of them immigrants from the Punjab region of India. They come to pray, to socialize and to do work that promotes principles of Sikhi: equality, justice and wellness for all. 

On a recent weekend, it was a gathering place for Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims; for Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalis; for college students, essential workers, and the elderly.   

All the diverse groups that make up the mosaic of South Asians in King County came together for a community vaccination event in Renton. Their goal was to make sure the most vulnerable members of their community had a chance to protect themselves from COVID-19. Read more

Fleet Services now offering vehicles at remote locations

Reposted from Executive Services Express

The Fleet Services Division of the Department of Executive Services is now offering county vehicles at remote sites for your home-office to workday meeting requirements.

Fleet Services currently has two sites available, one in Shoreline and one in Snoqualmie, with more sites and more vehicles to come. These vehicles are for day use only. Availability is based on a first come basis, but reservations can be made well in advance. 

Click here for the latest information on how to register and use this service.

"Where Are You Really From?" Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination: A Legal and Historical Perspective

The Courts and Community Committee of the King County Superior Court is proud to present a discussion on Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination. All are invited to join our distinguished guests and moderator for this important event.


  • Justice Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Professor
  • Margaret Chon, Seattle Univ. School of Law Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice
  • Naomi Ishisaka, Assistant Managing Editor and Social Justice Columnist, Seattle Times

Moderator: Mimi Jung, News Anchor and Reporter, King 5 News

Anti Asian Panel


A Conversation on Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Resiliency 

Grab your lunch and join Balanced You for this interactive training and conversation. Employees will learn to identify burnout and compassion fatigue in their own lives and learn strategies to build resiliency to help carry themselves and their community through these difficult times.

Registration for this event is through NeoGov Learn, King County's new eLearning system. Click registration link below and press 'enroll' to register. We will email you a Zoom link the day before the event.


On-demand webinar - Moving Forward: Finding Clarity in Navigating Uncertainty Burnout

For Mental Health Month, Balanced You is focusing on providing mental health resources to employees as we continue to face challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Set aside some time for yourself and watch this on-demand webinar called Moving Forward: Finding Clarity in Navigating Uncertainty Burnout by Making Life Easier (login username: kingcounty). This webinar will share essential tools for navigating uncertain paths through adversity and transition. You’ll learn how to tend to each day’s stress and discover vital clues about where to direct your attention so that you can begin to map your way forward.


How to Preserve Your Mental Health in an Ongoing Pandemic

Balanced You presents a panel discussion on May 20 about Mental Health during an Ongoing Pandemic. 

All King County employees are invited to our Mental Health Month webinar, “How to Preserve Your and Your Loved Ones’ Mental Health in an Ongoing Pandemic.” 

As the pandemic continues and too many tragedies have occurred, it is important we protect our mental health and that of those we love.

Join us and a dynamic panel of speakers for this important discussion.

Career Services Support

  • Creating Effective Application Materials – 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 
    • Tuesday, May 25 from 2-4 p.m.
    • Register here
  • STAR-LA Interview Practice and Feedback This one-hour VIRTUAL, small group workshop is designed to provide mock interview practice and feedback using the STAR-LA method as taught by King County Career Support Services. This workshop is ideal for participants who have attended the Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques workshop or have watched the 10 minute STAR-LA method video found on the Career Support Services website

Training Spotlight

  • Brain-based Time Management – Online – Do you procrastinate, get distracted, have a hard time prioritizing, or feel overwhelmed? What we do and how we do it are driven by how our brains are wired. Neuroscience tells us we have 10 brain skills and each one of us has skills that are strong (and skills that are not strong). In this class, you’ll hear about each of these skills so you can identify where the weak areas are for you and most importantly, learn what you can do about it. Imagine finishing your workday with confidence that you remembered and handled everything you needed to!  The next session takes place:
  • Staying Steady – Online – When leaders prioritize supporting their and their team’s wellbeing, they add to the creation of a values-based culture where team members have a sense of stability, feel respected and can work more effectively. This training is free.

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

Security Tip: Is that email really from HR?

One of the easiest ways the bad guys trick you into falling victim to their fraudulent scams is to exercise a sense of trust by pretending to be someone you know. More than likely, you receive emails from your Human Resources team on a frequent basis. Scammers take advantage of this constant communication by crafting spear phishing attacks using emails that spoof your HR team.

Spear phishing attacks are email scams that typically target an individual or organization by spoofing, or appearing to come from a trusted sender. Don’t blindly trust emails that seem to come from your HR department. See the tips below to learn more about these types of scams. Learn how you can spot a fake.

POTW Raider

Pet of the Week: Raider

Hi, my name is Raider!  I'm an eight-year-old male German Shepherd. I am a spirited dog with a fun-loving personality. I am still working on my manners, so I would do best with a family who is willing to work with me and help me become the best dog I can be. My favorite thing is to go for walks on the beach and head straight for the water and splash around!  

You can find out more about me and my other friends on our website at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. Note that RASKC has moved to adoptions by appointment only. If you have more questions, you can contact RASKC via phone at 206-296-7387 (PETS) or email pets@kingcounty.gov

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Featured Job: Front-end developer

Salary: $100,131-$126,921 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

Department: KCIT - Information Technology

Job Number: 2021-13419

Division: Enterprise Business Services

Closes: May 17

As a front-end developer, you understand the importance of the famed semicolon. Bring that passion for code, JavaScript, CSS and HTML knowledge to the our IT team, and provide improvements to User Experience for the 2 million residents in King County.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines


Learning & Growing by Playing: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn by Best Starts for Kids

Sale, use of consumer fireworks will be banned in unincorporated King County starting 2022

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