King County Executive
Inquest ordered into fatal shooting of man by Auburn police
King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest into the death of Isaiah Obet, and requested King County Superior Court provide a courtroom for the proceeding.
Executive Constantine’s plan will ensure all King County residents have access to open spaces
Executive Constantine is proposing legislation that embraces recommendations put forward by the community-led Open Space Equity Cabinet and the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee to provide more access to open space in communities with the greatest needs.
New mobile app makes it easy to report the precise location of noxious weeds anywhere in King County
King County’s mobile app makes it easy for residents anywhere in the region to submit a photo and precise location of a noxious weed to a team of county specialists who will quickly respond. It is the newest feature on King County Connect, an app that offers convenient mobile access to employees about services the county offers.
Executive Constantine releases statement on L&I proposed overtime rules
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on new proposed rules to expand overtime protection to more salaried employees across Washington
Executive Constantine announces inquest staff as new process into officer-involved deaths begins
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced three Administrators who will preside over inquests, taking over many of the duties formerly performed by District Court judges. Executive Constantine also named a Pro Tem Attorney to facilitate the process, and released his letter ordering an inquest into the death of Damarius Butts.
Mayor Durkan and Executive Constantine announce expanded Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network grantees
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the grantees of the Expanded Seattle-King County Immigrant Legal Defense Network (ELDN). The ELDN grants $5.6 million to community-based organizations working to provide legal services to immigrants and refugees at risk of deportation.
Transforming how the region funds employment and job training to connect more people to high-demand careers
King County and City of Seattle are transforming the workforce system to connect more people to high-demand jobs. The new model will better align funding to help people who face barriers to employment and help ensure that employers have the well-trained workforce they need to remain competitive in the global economy.
Progress on Lake to Sound Trail, a paved path that will connect five cities and four other regional trails
Executive Dow Constantine led a celebration in Tukwila as King County started to build a new segment of the Lake to Sound Trail, a continuous 16-mile multi-use trail that will eventually extend from Lake Washington to Puget Sound and link to five other regional trails.
King County is the nation’s first local government to offer certified carbon credits that protects local forests
King County’s new Forest Carbon Program confronts climate change by offering local companies the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions by keeping forests intact here in the region, making it possible for their employees and their families to explore and enjoy the protected outdoor spaces.
Operators at King County Airport will not serve ICE flights, leaving no ground support for immigration transfers
Following an April 23 Executive Order, executives from Modern Aviation informed Executive Dow Constantine that the company will cease serving Swift Air flights carrying immigration detainees to and from King County International Airport. The other two operators at the airport indicated they will not pick up this service.
King County Metro, Sound Transit reach agreement to continue integrated rail operations and maintenance through 2023
King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine announced that King County Metro and Sound Transit reached an agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Link light rail system for the next four-and-a-half years, and potentially up to 10 years. The agreement was sent to the King County Council and Sound Transit Board’s Executive Committee this week for consideration.
On Earth Day, Executive Constantine presents Green Globe Awards, the region’s highest honor for local environmental efforts
From cleaning polluted stormwater to saving forests, farmlands and open space for public use, to designing environmentally friendly building regulations that save resources, the 2019 King County Green Globe Award winners honored by Executive Dow Constantine are leading the ongoing efforts to improve environmental conditions for people and fish and wildlife across the region.
Executive Constantine directs actions against ICE detainee flights from King County Airport
King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an order that directs King County International Airport to amend lease practices with the goal of banning flights of immigration detainees chartered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The action applies to companies that operate hangar space and other facilities. Meanwhile, King County International Airport will update its rules to make ICE flights more transparent.
Former Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to oversee detention at King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that former Seattle Police Chief John Diaz has been retained to lead the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention as the department transitions to a new director.
Executive Constantine at State of the County: ‘True North’ guides new model in Public Health, investments in transit and housing
At his annual State of the County speech today, King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled a new Public Health model to deliver maternity and nutrition services across the region. Executive Constantine also acknowledged Metro driver Eric Stark, and announced improvements to transit apps.
Executive Constantine thanks County Council for putting his plan to renew the King County Parks Levy on the Aug. 6 ballot
The King County Council today voted to put Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to renew the King County Parks Levy on the August ballot.
New on-demand shuttle service makes it more convenient than ever to take transit in southeast Seattle and Tukwila
Residents in southeast Seattle and Tukwila can use the Via app or call 206-258-7739 to hail a ride to and from five Link light rail stations where they can board a bus or a Link train. The yearlong pilot project is a partnership by King County Metro, Sound Transit and City of Seattle.
Executive Constantine names Seattle Councilmember Juarez to fill open seat on Sound Transit board
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the nomination of Seattle Councilmember Debora Juarez to fill the open Sound Transit board seat vacated by former Councilmember Rob Johnson. The term of the appointment expires at the end of the year.
Trailhead Direct returns with more routes connecting hikers to more trails
The transit-to-trails service co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks with additional funding from Seattle Department of Transportation and REI Co-op returns April 20 with more routes connecting convenient transit locations to popular trailheads.
New labor agreement builds on partnerships to deliver efficiencies and sensible total compensation package
King County has negotiated a two-year labor agreement with a coalition representing nearly half of King County’s 14,000 employees that delivers new efficiencies and sets total compensation for 2019-2020.