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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: 


A fair tax system

A child plants trees

Clean Water, Healthy Habitat

King County has a long history of protecting and restoring clean water and healthy habitat, through land conservation, habitat restoration, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and clean-up of historic pollution. Even with these efforts, orca remain critically endangered and Puget Sound salmon runs continue to decline. As this region experiences rapid growth and a changing climate, we must focus our future investments on actions that will bring the greatest gains for orca, salmon, and our quality of life before it’s too late.


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.

An artist's rendering of new homeless micro-housing.

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.

Executive Constantine at the 2017 Pride Parade.

Standing up for local values

Our local values and priorities are out of synch with national politics. From the local success of the Affordable Care Act, to reaffirming that the Constitution guides our law enforcements policies, we are highlighting the consequences of federal actions, and we are fighting back. Our partnerships with Planned Parenthood of Hawaii and the Great Northwest and other organizations will continue, as we stand ready to show the nation a better way forward.


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.

Peace circle

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.

Zero Youth Detention in Public Health – Seattle & King County


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.

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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Read the Executive's biography