King County Executive
Executive Constantine names new GM for Metro, the nation’s 10th largest transit service
King County Executive Dow Constantine named Rob Gannon as General Manager for Metro Transit. Gannon currently serves as interim General Manager. His position is subject to confirmation by the King County Council.
Executive on Chris Hansen’s arena proposal: His efforts will strengthen our ability to compete for an NBA team
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in response to an offer by Chris Hansen and his partners to forgo public financing to build a new sports arena in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle.
Historic labor agreement marks the first time King County has negotiated a single compensation package with nearly 60 labor groups
A two-year labor agreement announced today marks the first time that King County has negotiated with a coalition representing nearly half of King County’s 13,000 employees rather than individually negotiating with each labor union. It also lays the foundation for a Master Labor Agreement in 2017 that will ultimately make county operations more efficient.
Here’s the Executive’s plan to repurpose the iconic Wilburton Trestle into a stunning trail for commuters, cyclists, runners and pedestrians
Executive Constantine announced that King County has assembled significant funds needed to repurpose the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue into an elevated trail that provides spectacular views of the Eastside skyline. It’s expected to be the icon of the emerging Eastside Rail Corridor, a 16-mile regional trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville with a spur to Redmond.
King County Water Taxi sets new ridership record as more commuters ride the waves
The King County Water Taxi celebrated a milestone as ridership surpassed last year’s annual record of more than a half million boardings. The Water Taxi serves riders from Vashon Island and West Seattle, providing reliable and frequent service to downtown Seattle. The Water Taxi is just one of many transit innovations across King County.
Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of Travis Ell by Auburn police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a Travis E. Ell by Auburn police officers on Sept. 9, 2016. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement within King County while performing his or her duty.
Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of Jeffrey Martelli by Tukwila police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a Jeffrey J. Martelli by Tukwila Police Department officers on Aug. 11, 2016. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while performing his or her duty.
Executive Constantine details Metro service investments in 2017-18 budget proposal
To help reduce crowding, improve reliability and increase the frequency of bus trips on key corridors, King County Executive Dow Constantine identified routes across King County to receive service and reliability investments as part of his proposed 2017-18 budget.
In biennial budget, Executive Constantine calls for investments in transit, human services and environment, urges Legislature to act on tax reform
Executive Constantine's budget invests in Metro Transit, human services, and other important programs that reflect the values of King County residents. Supported primarily by property taxes, General Fund revenues continue to be in adequate to fund basic services. Joined by leaders from counties across Washington, the Executive called on the Legislature to reform local government revenue sources that support public health, public safety, and other key services.
How King County became one of the best Affordable Care Act success stories in the country
Executive Constantine’s all-hands-on-deck approach to helping residents sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has contributed to a dramatic decrease in the uninsured rate in King County, dropping to the lowest levels on record.
King County ready to implement Executive Constantine’s groundbreaking Best Starts for Kids initiative
The King County Council unanimously approved Executive Constantine’s plan to implement Best Starts for Kids, a voter-approved initiative that will increase the number of children and youth in the region who reach adulthood healthy and ready to succeed.
Tukwila volunteers honored with Executive's Award for Community Preparedness
The Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC Team) is the recipient of this year's Executive's Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall in recognition of outstanding efforts made by volunteer organizations to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Heroin and opioid task force recommends strategy that focuses on prevention and increasing access to treatment
To confront the region’s growing and increasingly lethal heroin and opioid epidemic, a task force of experts recommends a comprehensive strategy that focuses on prevention and increasing access to treatment on demand.
Executive on state's new carbon rules: We must act on climate change
King County Executive Dow Constantine releases statement on Gov. Inslee’s new carbon rules.
National policy experts and local leaders praise Executive Constantine's strategic plan to confront inequity
The strategic plan to build equity and opportunity in King County created by Executive Constantine is being praised by community leaders and national policy experts as a model to confront inequity. It's a six-year plan for King County to transform all operations to advance equity in key areas of government.
Executive Constantine calls for new investments in Metro Transit service, safety, and reliability
Previewing his 2017-2018 budget, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a series of transit investments aimed at increasing service to customers, creating a better workplace for transit employees, and building the infrastructure for sustained growth of one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing transit systems.
Protecting King County’s most valuable remaining farms, forests, habitats and other green spaces from development
To protect the region’s most valuable remaining open spaces from development, Executive Constantine is bringing together experts from the public and private sectors to create a long-term conservation strategy.
Executive pays tribute to legendary civil rights activist Bob Santos
King County Executive issued the following statement after the passing of activist Robert "Bob" Santos.
Following through on King County’s commitment to welcoming immigrants and refugees
Executive Constantine endorsed recommendations by an immigrant and refugee task force to add resources and build on successful King County programs that welcome new residents and open opportunities.