Employee News - June 29

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King County Employee News



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State mask guidance in effect in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County is announcing the end of the current King County Mask Directive that has been in place since May 20, 2021.

Now that the local directive has ended, the Washington state mask guidance is in effect in King County. Unvaccinated people will need to continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.

Get the details here.

Covid Opening

Navigating two truths for “re-opening” 

With most of Washington state’s COVID-19 restrictions ending by June 30, communities across King County are making preparations.

Now, we face two truths: We’ve made tremendous progress and we still have COVID-19 spreading. Click here to read about these truths.

Metro Lunch and Learn:
King County Asian American and Pacific Islander History

AAPI Filipino event

Local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders share their journey about living in King County and how they are part of the movement advocating for our AAPI community.

Ron Chew will talk about his memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, and David Della, former Seattle City Councilmember, and Emma Catague, Filipino Community of Seattle Program Supervisor, will share their experience in the Filipino American labor and equality movement. Together, they will discuss the multiracial civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s, current activism, and the immense contributions of AAPIs in building the region over several generations.

All King County employees are welcome and encouraged to join.

  • Wednesday, June 30 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Zoom meeting
  • Meeting ID: 927 0325 7551; Passcode: 2021
  • Dial in: 253-215-8782

Employee Spotlights

Metro's Jana Demas shares why she got vaccinated against COVID-19

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What's your reason to get the vaccine? 

We want to hear your story! Why did you choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19? Maybe you have an elder parent or a young child at home. It could be you know someone who had COVID-19 and you feel it's your civic duty to help protect our community. Or maybe it's just want to get back to the things you love doing.

Whatever your reason for getting the vaccine, we'd like to share your testimonial. Send a picture and a brief paragraph to kcemployees@kingcounty.gov to be considered.

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Community Corrections Division recognizes Sabrina Gorman for her many years of service

Sabrina Gorman started her career with King County 25 years ago as a Corrections Officer in Seattle back in 1996.

What Sabrina likes best about her current position at the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is the variety of work duties, which makes each day different. She also appreciates the connections with people.

Read more here about Sabrina's career at King County.


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A Conversation on Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Resiliency

Join Balanced You for an interactive training and conversation. During this training, employees will learn to identify burnout and compassion fatigue in their own lives and learn strategies to build resiliency to help carry through the ongoing pandemic and recovery. Objectives include:

  • Understand the current landscape impacting emotional well-being
  • Describe how burnout and compassion fatigue are showing up for you
  • Develop a plan for increasing your resiliency

This event is free and all employees are welcome to attend.

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Register now for July retirement classes

Check out the educational opportunities below to help you learn about—and prepare for—retirement. These online classes will be held on Zoom and are provided by your King County Retirement Team.

  • Road to Retirement — This 90-minute class is designed for employees who are planning to retire from King County in the next six months. It covers procedures, forms, medical coverage options, and pension plans—so you’ll be on a smooth road toward a happy retirement.
  • Tuesdays, July 20 and July 27 at 1 p.m.
  • Register for Road to Retirement
  • Introduction to Social Security — Join this 90-minute class if you are interested in learning more about Social Security. Guest speaker Kirk Larson from the Social Security Administration will discuss your options as a King County employee and answer your questions.
  • Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m.
  • Register for Introduction to Social Security

Please note, attendance at retirement classes is strictly voluntary, on your own time, and non-work related.

For additional information, visit the King County Retirement page, read the Retirement Guide, or contact Carmen Johnson, retirement navigator.

Training Spotlight:

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:

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: Business and Finance Officer IV - Finance & Budget Manager

Salary: $97,780.80 - $123,947.20 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

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

Department: Dept. of Public Health

Job Number: 2021DB13712

Division: Prevention

Closes: July 1

Are you looking for a new mission? Have a background in finance? Take the next step in your career, and manage budget development, financial forecasting, and monitoring of Public Health’s Prevention division’s COVID expenses. Make a difference, and apply!

Learn more about this position or view all available positions

King County Headlines

King County Metro to restore trips on six bus routes

Health Officer statement on extreme heat event

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