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King County: a diverse and dynamic community with a healthy economy and environment where all people, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to thrive



King County government provides fiscally responsible, quality-driven local and regional services for healthy, safe, and vibrant communities


Guiding Principles

Equitable and Fair - Address the root causes of inequities to provide for equal access to opportunities for all

Financially Sustainable - Align funding, policy and operational goals of King County government

Regionally Collaborative - Engage with partners, stakeholders, and public and private organizations to achieve goal

Quality Local Government - Provide effective, efficient local governance and services to unincorporated areas



Mobility - Deliver a seamless network of transportation options to get people where they need to go, when they need to get there

Safety and Justice - Provide for a safe and just community through proactive law enforcement and an accessible and fair justice system, while implementing alternatives to divert people from the criminal justice system

Health & Human Services - Improve the health and well-being of all people in our community

Economic Vitality - Increase access to family wage job opportunities throughout the county

Accessible, Affordable Housing - Increase access to quality housing that is affordable to all

Healthy Environment - Preserve open space and rural character while addressing climate change

Efficient, Accountable Regional and Local Government - Ensure that County government operates efficiently and effectively and is accountable to the public



On July 26, 2010, the King County Council unanimously approved legislation adopting the first ever “King County Strategic Plan, 2010–2014: Working Together for One King County.”

During late 2013 through 2014, the office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget conducted community and employee engagement and collaborated with council and the county’s separately elected officials to develop an update for the Strategic Plan. In 2015, the Council passed a motion updating and revising the County’s Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles, and Goals.

The Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget continues to work with department and agency leadership to develop more specific objectives and a measurement system that will show how well the County is achieving each of its goals.