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With more than 2.2 million residents, King County is larger than 13 states. At 2,130 square miles, it is larger than Rhode Island or Delaware.

Every day, King County employees provide vital regional services, from transit to public health, stormwater treatment to criminal justice.

The Executive’s Office oversees six departments and three offices.

Here are a few things that we are working on now: 

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Tackling homelessness

Homelessness is not normal, it is not inevitable, and it cannot be accepted. King County is determined to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time. With a focus on accountability and performance measures, we are doing what works to help people receive the treatment they need, and find a place to call their own. It’s about addressing root causes, from the skyrocketing costs of housing to addiction and mental health challenges.

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Promoting healthier, more resilient children, youth and communities - Best Starts for Kids

Best Starts for Kids is a six-year levy that will generate nearly $400 million for initiatives that promote healthier, more resilient children, youth and communities. It is the most comprehensive approach to early childhood development in the nation, starting with prenatal support, sustaining the gain through teenage years, and investing in healthy, safe communities that reinforce progress.

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Getting to a zero-emission bus fleet

Transportation is the region’s largest contributor to climate pollution. Metro Transit helps takes cars off the road, and now we’re making the bus fleet even greener. Executive Constantine set a goal of completing transitioning to zero-emission battery buses by 2040. Metro currently operates about 1,400 buses – a fleet with a mixture of diesel, diesel-electric hybrids, electric trolley and battery-electric buses. Metro was the first transit agency to adopt diesel-electric hybrid buses. In January 2017, Metro announced its commitment to purchase 120 battery-electric buses by 2020. That announcement also challenging the industry to produce vehicles to replace the 60-foot articulated buses in Metro’s fleet.

Clean Water, Healthy Habitat

As King County prepares to invest more than $9 billion over the next decade to protect water quality and habitat for people, salmon, and orcas, Executive Constantine wants to ensure that each action produces the best results as quickly as possible.

That’s the centerpiece of Clean Water Healthy Habitat, an initiative he launched in 2019 to better align our efforts across all departments and with our partners throughout Central Puget Sound to achieve clearly defined goals at a watershed level.  

Our staff scientists are working with regional experts to determine if there are more effective, faster ways to achieve better fish habitat, healthier forests, cleaner stormwater runoff, resilient marine shorelines, and more within a single generation rather than 100 years it will take at the current pace.

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Enhancing local services

To develop new and better ways to serve unincorporated King County, Executive Constantine created a new Department of Local Services to improve services in rural areas, as well as urban unincorporated communities. The new department provides an additional point of accountability for residents, ensuring unincorporated communities receive the attention and County services they need.

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Reforming our juvenile legal system

King County is a national leader in reducing juvenile detention but our work is far from over. We will continue to implement innovations in alternative justice while making our communities safer. King County is also committed to programs that keep more youth from touching the criminal justice system in the first place. In everything we do, we work with community partners to help youth find stable footing, and go on happy and successful lives.

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King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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