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With more than 2.1 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: 

Integrating Metro and Sound Transit services

Executive Constantine is leading the way to integrate Metro and Sound Transit services to improve regional mobility.

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A fair tax system

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Enhancing local services

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

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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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Standing up for local values

Our local values and priorities are out of synch with national politics. From highlighting 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.

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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.

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Reforming our juvenile justice 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.

Juvenile Justice

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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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Protecting immigrants and refugees

Executive Constantine and members of the King County Council have established a rapid response fund to protect immigrants and refugees amid rising concern for communities safety and well-being. The proposed one-time $750,000 funding would also help ensure that immigrants and refugees know their rights if they are approached by a federal agent or are the victim of a hate crime. King County will also ensure that all of its key facilities are prepared to help those at risk and welcoming to all residents.

Read about how King County is welcoming immigrant and refugee communities

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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Read the Executive's biography