Skip to main content
King County logo

News

King County Executive
Dow Constantine


Most King County offices closed September 4 for unpaid furlough

Summary

On Friday, September 4, 2009, most King County staff will be on unpaid leave and most county buildings will be closed as the county takes the seventh of 10 furlough days in 2009 to cut operational costs countywide. All department employees, with limited exceptions, such as those in public safety functions, are included in the furlough plan.

Story

On Friday, September 4, 2009, most King County staff will be on unpaid leave and most county buildings will be closed as the county takes the seventh of 10 furlough days in 2009 to cut operational costs countywide. All department employees, with limited exceptions, such as those in public safety functions, are included in the furlough plan.

County offices will also be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday.

On furlough days, most King County buildings and services will be closed except the following, which will be open and operating:

  • Metro bus service will operate a normal schedule
  • Youth Service Center
  • King County Courthouse
  • King County Regional Communications and Emergency Service Center (911)
  • Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center
  • District Courts will be open in all locations
  • 2nd floor of the North District Multi-Service Center
  • Health Point portion of the Federal Way Public Health Facility
  • 1st floor of Yesler Building (half day)
  • Goat Hill Garage will have normal operations.
  • Office of the Public Defender (OPD) offices are open at the Maleng Regional Justice Center; Juvenile Court, 1211 E. Alder Street, Third Floor, Seattle; and the Walthew Building, 123 Third Avenue, Fourth Floor, Seattle for eligibility screening and assignment of counsel for Superior Court and Juvenile Court cases. Other Office of Public Defender offices are closed.
  • Rainier Park Clinic (NeighborCare Health) co-located at the Columbia Public Health Center will also be open.
  • King County Council:  Some Council staff who have taken alternate furlough days will be at work. If you have an appointment, please use the phone and directory by the Council entrance on the 12th floor of the Courthouse to call your contact.
  • King County Medical Examiner's Office
  • King County Medic One
  • Jail Health Services
  • School-based teen health centers, school-based dental sealant program, and SNAC education program
  • The STD Clinic at Harborview Medical Center will be open, however counseling and some testing procedures may not be available during furlough days. For additional questions about STD clinic availability, please call 206-744-3590.
  • The Public Health Laboratory will be closed on furlough days, but lab specimens may be dropped off in the drop-box at the front door between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We have this listed on our furlough page at https://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/locations/closures.aspx

If a building or office is not on the list above, it will be closed.

Signs about the closure will be posted in advance in public buildings, including signage in multiple languages. Information will also be posted on the county’s Web site. Unless otherwise specified, furloughed employees will not be responding to e-mail or voice mail on furlough days. 

The selected furlough days are next to existing holidays or weekends and were strategically chosen to limit impacts on residents who depend on King County services. The chosen days tend to have the fewest phone calls and requests for service.

Remaining 2009 King County Furlough Days are:
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009
Monday, Oct. 12, 2009
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009

On Friday, September 4 furlough day:

  • Metro will run regular weekday bus and Access Transportation services. The Metro Customer Information Office and phone line (206-553-3000) will be closed. Riders should use the online Trip Planner instead. Details on other Transit and commuter services such as the Water Taxi are available here.
  • King County’s Boeing Field Terminal Building and regular aviation operations will be open.
  • The county’s Department of Judicial Administration and Superior Court will be open as usual. District Court will run with limited staffing and there will be no probation services.
  • King County Sheriff’s Deputies and King County Medic One will respond to emergency calls through the 911 system as normal.
  • King County Solid Waste disposal and recycling facilities will be open, but administrative offices will be closed.
  • King County Crisis and Commitment Services will be available as usual around the clock as needed during the furlough.
  • King County Animal Care and Control will be closed to the public on furlough days, but staff and volunteers will be on hand to care for the animals. 

A complete list of county facilities and their furlough-related open or closed status is available online: https://www.kingcounty.gov/property/BuildingServices/CurrentBuildingStatus.aspx



King County Executive
Dow Constantine
Dow constantine portrait

Read the Executive's biography