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Dow Constantine


Executive appoints Ken Nakatsu to lead Dept. of Adult and Juvenile Detention

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today appointed a well-regarded manager and administrator, Ken Nakatsu, to direct the County's Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD).

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today appointed a well-regarded manager and administrator, Ken Nakatsu, to direct the County's Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD).

"Ken brings a wealth of hands-on managerial experience and a proven track record that enhances King County's commitment to operating safe, secure and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs," said Executive Constantine. "In his short time with King County, Ken has already distinguished himself as an effective leader and demonstrated qualities that I believe can help us support safe communities in partnership with other cities and other criminal justice and human service agencies."

Nakatsu is a long-time City of Seattle operations manager and administrator who, for the last six months, has managed the Flood Preparedness Unit in King County's Facilities Management Division. While with the County he has worked collaboratively with the separately-elected offices of the Sheriff, Prosecutor, Superior Court and District Court, as well as with many divisions and departments within the Executive branch of County government. 

Ken previously served as Chief of Departmental Operations for the Seattle Mayor's Office, and held senior management positions in the city's Executive, Finance, Administrative and Budget offices. He began his career in public service as a budget analyst for King County, and at one time was actually budget analyst for the King County Jail.

"In his capacity with Seattle, all executive agencies – including the public safety agencies – reported to Ken on a day-to-day basis," said Kathleen Van Olst, outgoing DAJD director. “He has gained a strong reputation in his time with King County of working collaboratively with the jail, the courts, the prosecutor, and the Sheriff's Office on critical flood control issues.

Van Olst in December announced her departure in order to return to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where she will help spearhead a renewed effort to address the issues of elder abuse, neglect and economic fraud.

"The department plays a critical role in protecting the safety of the citizens in King County and Washington State and, with Ken at the helm and a strong command staff supporting him, I am confident DAJD will excel in its mission and continue with a regional approach to jail services," said Constantine.

Nakatsu's first day will be Monday, February 8. His appointment must be confirmed by the King County Council.



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