Department of Local Services
Proposed for creation in 2019
The King County Executive has proposed creation of a new department that responds to local needs and improves service delivery in the unincorporated parts of King County. If the King County Council approves the proposal, the new department—and a new cabinet-level position in the Executive’s Office—will be created in 2019.
This proposal represents a comprehensive effort to improve the efficient, effective, and timely delivery of municipal services to the nearly 250,000 people who live in unincorporated parts of King County. In consultation and partnership with the King County Council, whose members directly represent residents in these areas, we will create a best-run local government to accompany the Executive’s best-run regional government.
King County plans to align its agencies that serve unincorporated areas by collaborating, sharing resources, and creating service partnerships that reinforce mutual accountability.
King County agencies and employees work every day to improve the lives of the people we serve. That means consistently monitoring and evaluating our performance to make sure we deliver value to our customers. By focusing on our customers’ experience, and integrating continuous improvement methods into our work, our employees will remove roadblocks and achieve results that make a difference.
Unincorporated area residents deserve one dedicated executive-branch partner who listens, collaborates, and works to advance their interests. We’re working to make sure there’s always a place at the table for more voices to help inform how we deliver critical services.
We are committed to problem solving and taking concrete actions to keep our communities connected and running strong. The Department of Local Services will be a conduit for enhanced communication between community members in the unincorporated areas and King County agencies that provide local services.