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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2018

13
NOV

Executive Constantine releases statement on King County Council approval of 2019-2020 budget
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the biennial $11.6 billion King County budget.

25
OCT

Executive Constantine promotes Obamacare in shortest enrollment period ever
King County Executive Dow Constantine kicked off this year’s Affordable Care Act enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 1 for six weeks – the shortest since the health insurance exchanges launched in 2013.

23
OCT

Accelerating King County's work to remove barriers for returning salmon
A new position created by Executive Dow Constantine will coordinate the work King County is doing with Tribes, cities, state agencies, and other partners to remove barriers that prevent salmon from migrating to their historic habitat.

17
OCT

First- and last-mile solutions: King County Metro to launch ride-hailing apps for on-demand shuttle service to transit
King County Metro will launch a pilot project that offers on-demand shuttle service to and from transit hubs throughout the region using mobile apps. The first app will be activated Oct. 23 with service to and from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride in Bellevue.

16
OCT

Honoring those who protect, restore, and interpret the places that tell our story: Executive Constantine announces 2018 John D. Spellman Award winners
Executive Dow Constantine honored the recipients of this year’s John D. Spellman Awards for historic preservation at a ceremony hosted in Auburn.

11
OCT

Coming in from the cold: Executive Constantine announces package of emergency housing strategies in time for winter
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a series of actions to provide housing and services for the most vulnerable. A total of between 285-310 new beds would be available by the end of the year, along with an additional day center and increased street outreach.

9
OCT

Executive Constantine appoints Leo Flor to serve as the director of King County Department of Community and Human Services
King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Leo Flor to his Cabinet as the director of the Department of Community and Human Services. Flor, who is a member of the department’s management team, developed and led Executive Constantine’s plan to renew and expand the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy.

4
OCT

VIDEO: 'It can save lives': Creating safe, welcoming spaces that keep young people connected and ready to thrive
A new coffeehouse operated by a local nonprofit in North Bend is an example of how King County is partnering with communities to create safe, inclusive spaces that keep young people connected.

3
OCT

Executive Constantine announces new process for police inquests
King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an Executive Order that made significant reforms to inquests convened after officer-involved deaths. The new inquest process is expected to be up and running by the end of first quarter 2019.

3
OCT

Executive Constantine appoints Anita Khandelwal to serve as the director of King County Department of Public Defense
Anita Khandelwal was appointed by Executive Dow Constantine as the director of King County Department of Public Defense. She currently serves as the interim director and previously served as the deputy director of law and policy.

2
OCT

Executive Constantine appoints John Taylor as the first director of the new Department of Local Services, the go-to agency for unincorporated King County
Executive Dow Constantine has selected John Taylor to lead the Department of Local Services, a new agency he proposed to better meet the unique needs of unincorporated King County.

27
SEP

Executive Constantine names new Deputy Chief Operating Officer to serve as interim jail director
King County Executive Dow Constantine named Brenda Bauer as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Bauer, currently director of the Road Services Division at the King County Department of Transportation, will immediately serve as interim director of the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention.

24
SEP

At a time of unprecedented growth, we are embracing and leading change: Executive Constantine announces biennial budget with investments in housing, transit, and the environment
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced his proposed 2019-2020 budget, which funds more than 60 lines of business. The $11.6 billion package restructures county government and makes investments in tackling homelessness, expanding the Executive’s Clean Water and Healthy Habitat Agenda, and making sure Metro Transit continues to serve an ever-increasing number of passengers.

24
SEP

King County forecasts dire community impacts of new White House immigration policy
A new proposal announced by the Department of Homeland Security seeks to make it more difficult to come to the United States and obtain residency if immigrants receive some forms of public assistance. King County officials say local public health could be at risk.

21
SEP

Proposed budget for King County Sheriff’s Office: Public safety investments that focus on gang violence, prevention, and community partnerships
In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, King County Executive Dow Constantine provides funding for a new gang detective and sergeant to help combat gang violence, educate families on gang recruitment, and work with other community partners on prevention.

20
SEP

Re-thinking the juvenile legal system: new investments on the Road to Zero Youth Detention
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the completed report, Road Map to Zero Youth Detention – a strategic plan to guide future investments and policies to support families and further reduce the number of young people involved in the legal system. In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, Executive Constantine includes funding to help expand solutions to improve community safety and help young people thrive.

20
SEP

Executive Constantine honors this year's Best Small Business Award winners in King County
Seven small businesses from King County were honored at the eighth annual King County Executive's Small Business Awards on Thursday at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center. The winners were chosen by judges from chambers of commerce around the region.

18
SEP

Creating a go-to services agency for the 250,000 people who live in unincorporated King County
The new King County Department of Local Services will begin serving the nearly 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County starting Jan. 1 after the King County Council unanimously approved the proposal by Executive Dow Constantine.

18
SEP

DCHS Director Adrienne Quinn to teach leadership at University of Washington after major accomplishments as a member of Executive Constantine’s Cabinet
Executive Dow Constantine thanked Adrienne Quinn for her performance as the director of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services after she accepted a position as a Distinguished Practitioner at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Her accomplishments included designing Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids initiative and applying the principles of Results Based Accountability.

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