Employee News - June 22

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News



Ride with Pride

Metro joins the community in celebrating LGBTQIA+

Metro General Manager Terry White recently joined Metro’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group to raise the Pride Progress Flag at Ryerson Base in Seattle. 

Across Metro’s worksites, the Metro family raised the Pride Progress Flag in a shared commitment to create a beloved community where all LGBTQIA+ employees and customers feel cared for, respected, valued, and supported.

Read more and watch the videos here.

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Urgent gun violence prevention investments in Executive Constantine budget proposal

King County Executive Dow Constantine introduced new priority investments to prevent gun violence, including scaling up the Regional Peacekeepers Collective in a new emergency budget amendment proposal to the County Council.

Under a new emergency budget proposal by Executive Constantine, King County’s public health approach to ending gun violence will expand the Regional Peacekeepers Collective, which has partnerships with community groups around the county including White Center and Skyway.

Read the full news release here

Employee Spotlights

Metro's Rick Greenquist tells why he got the COVID vaccine

Vaccine Testimonial Rick

Mary Hopson

Mary Hopson, Metro Operator of the Year 

Recognized by her peers and the passengers who ride her buses, transit operator Mary Hopson is now the recipient of King County Metro’s highest honor: Transit Operator of the Year for 2019. The COVID pandemic delayed recognition of Mary’s achievement until now.

Mary was selected by her fellow 2019 Operators of the Month, 84 drivers from Metro’s seven transit bases who considered Mary the “best of the best.”

Click here to read more about this recognition.


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Get your family vaccinated at Metro’s family day vaccine clinic on June 26

King County Metro is partnering with Public Health - Seattle & King County and their partner Discovery Health to host a family day vaccine clinic: 

  • Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Metro's Safety and Training building at 11911 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila
  • Parking is available on site.

King County employees and their loved ones are invited to make an appointment to receive one of two COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine will be available for those 12 and older and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for those 18 and older.  There will also be a limited number of vaccines available for walk-ins but your preferred vaccine type cannot be guaranteed without an appointment.

Please register for the vaccine of your choice by visiting Discovery Health's registration portal. Click here for more information. 

Pride Flag

Balanced You celebrates Pride Month

This June Balanced You celebrates Pride Month, a celebration of visibility, equality, connection, and self-affirmation for the LGBTQ+ community.

With well-being and belonging at the forefront of King County’s commitment to employees, Balanced You affirms the right for LGBTQ+ people to lead fulfilling lives and participate in every aspect of our community as their true selves.

Read the Balanced You blog for a message from the LGBTQ+ affinity group, LGBTQ+ mental health resources, and opportunities for all employees to foster a culture of belonging.

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What to do if you lose your COVID-19 vaccine card

When you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, you get a vaccination card to prove it. Keep it safe! You should treat it like you would your credit cards, driver's license, or passport. Your card is not just a scheduling reminder: it is an official record that you may need for travel, event access, and possibly booster doses later. 

If you've misplaced or lost your card, don't worry! You can get official, verified proof of your COVID-19 vaccination online, for free. The MyIR website is an official state pathway to access proof of vaccination in Washington state. Find out how.

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Tips to stay cool

With temperatures already forecast to be above normal this week, there are several tips to keep in mind to stay cool. 

The county offers training for supervisors about how to help employees deal with the heat and keep employees safe. Keep in mind that personal factors, such as fitness level, age, obesity, alcohol use (even the night before), nicotine use, etc., affect an individual’s susceptibility to heat illnesses.

Check out tips and resources here

Wildfire season is coming — get smoke ready!

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider 

Last September, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, we lived through an unprecedented wildfire smoke event throughout the Pacific Northwest that shattered air pollution records. For five consecutive days, King County residents experienced outdoor air quality that ranged from unhealthy to very unhealthy. The poor air quality was caused by a “super massive” plume of smoke from multiple wildfires in Oregon that burned more than a million acres and destroyed more than 4,000 homes. Fires near the King/Pierce County border also contributed to the poor air quality locally.

Wildfire activity and weather patterns vary from year to year, making it a challenge to predict the likelihood of experiencing wildfire smoke events in any given year. However, for three of the past four years, wildfire smoke in our region has exposed people to unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution for prolonged periods of time. That is why Public Health is encouraging all residents to prepare now and be Smoke Ready. 

Click here for more information and tips on how to prepare. 

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Training for Managers: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Resiliency

Join Balanced You for this interactive training and conversation tailored to People Leaders. Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leads will learn to identify burnout and compassion fatigue and learn strategies to build resiliency to help carry themselves and their employees through these difficult times.

Training Spotlight:

  • Mentorship Lunch & 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
  • Leader Mindset – Online – Leader Mindset for King County supervisors and managers sets a foundation that leading a team starts with understanding yourself and your responsibility to create a team culture of belonging where all employees can thrive. In this interactive webinar, participants will take part in engaging activities, small group discussions and action planning. This training is free and will be offered on multiple dates with the next session taking place on

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

Featured Job

Featured Job: Social Service Specialist (Community Connector)

Salary: $25.37 - $32.16 Hourly

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

Department: DPH - Public Health

Job Number: 2021ML13642

Division: Jail Health Services

Closes: June 29

Public Health is filling a role that assists Jail Health Services with their mission, ensuring health and human services are available to incarcerated adults. Bringing an understanding of our local community is key to providing patient-centered care.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin COVID-19 press briefing – May 18

Senior hub partnership to support LGBTQIA+ elders

Ask Miss Rona: Pregnancy, Fertility & Breast/Chestfeeding by Public Health Insider

Regional chlorine / sodium hypochlorite shortage: How we’re conserving to protect public health and the environment

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