Employee News - July 13

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Tech Security Locks

All King County staff must REBOOT your computer TODAY

All King County employees are asked to reboot their computers today to protect your PC against a new vulnerability called “PrintNightmare”. To prevent this threat from being exploited by cybercriminals, KCIT has deployed a security patch to all county devices.

All King County employees must reboot your computer today and again daily until Wednesday, July 14 to ensure any pending security patches are correctly installed.

This is an exploit that hackers have successfully used to attack several large organizations. Thank you for doing your part to keep King County safe from ransomware attacks.

Questions? Contact KCIT Support.

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Don’t forget your second dose

Metro will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Saturday, July 17 at South Training for the second dose of Pfizer.

If you have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and have waited the appropriate amount of time between doses, please register for an appointment.

There will also be limited walk-in doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccine card with you to your appointment.

  • Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Metro's South Training Facility at 11911 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila

Please register by selecting the vaccine link below:

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How to provide verification of vaccine status

King County recently updated its requirements for wearing masks for Executive Branch employees and launched a new process to voluntarily provide vaccination information for verification.

If you choose to do so, you have a couple of options for providing proof that you are fully vaccinated:

  • Initiating the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through your NEOGOV Dashboard (click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration) and attaching a copy of an official document, OR
  • Showing one of the following to an HR professional or other designated department representative:
    • your actual vaccination card, or a photo or a copy of it,
    • a copy of your state vaccine record, or
    • a verified medical record.

Find out more.

Employee Spotlights

Metro EE of the Month

Metro’s Operators of the Month for May and June 2021

Cross-posted from Metro Matters

A “transit nerd.” Someone who helps his community in filling out their tax forms. A retired professional hairdresser. Two people who grew up riding buses. Together they represent over 200 years of driving experience.

Click here to meet the Operators of the Month for May and June 2021.


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July is Disability Pride Month!

July is Disability Pride Month, a growing movement to build awareness of the pride people with disabilities feel in themselves. This pride movement recognizes what people with disabilities offer to society through their history, culture, and unique experiences.

Read more here about this growing movement.


Sheriff's drug dog is on the case

Courtesy of the King County’s Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Fury, a King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) drug detection K9, is rightfully proud of this bust. His specialized detection skills helped sniff out a big haul. 

Detectives from multiple KCSO Special Emphasis Teams, with the support of TAC-30 SWAT and Bomb Disposal Units, executed a search warrant recently in southeast King County. The arrest netted $250,000 worth of illegal drugs plus over a dozen firearms. 

The work was the result of a months-long investigation into narcotics distribution and firearms-related crimes. See the story here

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Washington State COVID-19 vaccine disability survey

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Several disability organizations in Washington are partnering to collect information about people’s experiences with finding and getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The survey is available in multiple languages.

The information will be used to create outreach and partnership programs to increase vaccine awareness and access for people with disabilities and their families. All responses are confidential and anonymous, no personal information will be collected.

Click here for more information and to link to the survey. 

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month panel discussion

This panel event will provide an opportunity for King County employees to normalize the discussion around mental health for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community, and learn more about resources available to support the mental health of employees and their loved ones.

All employees are invited to join this important discussion!

Career Support Services

  • 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, July 27 from 2-4 p.m.
    • Register here 
  • Administrative Professionals Networking Event – This bi-monthly program is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for administrative professionals to develop and/or, enhance skills and receive recognition for the important work administrative professionals do.
    • Tuesday, July 27 from 12-1 p.m. 
    • Registration here

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:
  • Easy Steps to Great Grammar – N Seattle College – Online – Confused about grammar and punctuation? This fun, hands-on class will help you master the latest rules, avoid common errors, and write with confidence. We'll cover apostrophes, verb tense, word usage, subject/verb agreement, commas/semicolons, style guides, how to avoid the 10 most common grammar and punctuation mistakes, and more. Class includes plenty of examples and exercises to help you practice your new skills. This course is $99 and runs for 3 sessions:

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

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Featured Job: Equity and Social Justice 

Communications Manager

Salary: $102,523.20 - $129,958.40 Annually

Location: Seattle, WA

Job Type: Appointed

Department: EXEC - Executive's Office

Job Number: 2021SWAW13796

Division: Administration

Closes: July 29

Are you personally committed to equity and social justice? If so, we want your passion, project management, experience and communication skills to expand dynamic and culturally relevant communications to external/internal stakeholders. Your words can make the difference.

Learn more about this position and view all available positions.

King County Headlines

Take our survey and help us create a safer Metro

“Revive and thrive”: Small businesses in unincorporated King County hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for grants of up to $25,000

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