Employee News - July 6

A service of the King County Department of Human Resources

King County Employee News




Reminder on mask requirements for employees

On June 30, 2021 King County Executive Dow Constantine announced updated mask requirements for Executive Branch employees.

Verified proof of vaccination and work location determine if an employee must wear a mask while working and under what circumstances. 

Click here for more information and steps to provide proof of vaccination. 

It's 'Water Taxi Summer'

Water Taxi Summer

Cross-posted from The Captain's Blog

The Water Taxi is operating on summer sailing season, with seven-days-a-week service to and from West Seattle, including mid-day sailings, and Friday and Saturday night service.

Hop aboard and enjoy a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay while enjoying panoramic views of the Seattle city skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Olympics. You can walk to the Mariners game or the Sounders match, or if you’re landing at Alki, you can take the free shuttle to the West Seattle Junction.

Read more here and check out the video!

Employee Spotlights

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Local Services welcomes first Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager

Cross-posted from News from the King County Department of Local Services

As King County Local Services’ first Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, john miller is honest about the process of helping the department create a more equitable, racially diverse and inclusive work environment.

It won’t always be easy or smooth – and that’s OK. Click here to read the full story.


Bennett Capers

The role of ‘unregulated evidence’ should concern us all, leading law professor says

Cross-posted from For the Defense

Unregulated evidence, from the way a person dresses to the color of their skin, profoundly influences jurors. And yet it often goes unchallenged and unchecked, says law professor Bennett Capers. Read the full story here.

Bipoc Disability month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Established in 2008, Minority Mental Health Awareness month was created to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles that underrepresented groups in the U.S. experience.

This month, Balanced You will be focusing on Mental Health America’s theme Strength in Communities. We will highlight a wide range of stories, resources and events including mental health support systems created by BIPOC ((Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Queer and Trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC) communities.

Traditional systems of care in the US may overlook experiences of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled folks, and religious minorities.

Read the Balanced You blog for resources and upcoming events this month.

Mental Health resources for Black and Brown Employees

Gloria video

In honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Balanced You is sharing resources, events and tips all month to support our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) employees well-being.

Watch this video by Dr. Gloria Ngehazo, Workforce Equity Manager with Department of Human Resources, highlighting emotional well-being resources available to BIPOC employees throughout 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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Featured Job: Senior Electrical Inspector (Transit Construction Management III)

Salary: $73,798.40 - $99,902.40 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

Department: MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number: 2021AA13541es July 15

Division: Capital

Closes: July 15

This position is responsible for performing construction inspection for assigned public transportation capital and operating projects, primarily in the area of electrical inspection, in addition to some minor mechanical and civil inspection. The Senior Electrical Inspector will perform project inspections, coordinate construction activities with operations, and work with public agencies to assure compliance with Transit regulations, requirements and all related codes.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Dr. Jeff Duchin's COVID-19 press briefing – July 1, 2021

Access paratransit returns to full capacity; Masks still required

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