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Dow Constantine


King County wins organizational leadership award for government performance and continuous improvement

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The Center for Accountability and Performance, affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration, awarded King County the CAP Organizational Leadership Award for 2019.

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The annual CAP Organizational Leadership Award recognizes outstanding management strategies that result in a culture change, sustained improvements, and demonstrated positive effects on government performance and accountability.

The American Society for Public Administration noted that King County has been an active leader in performance management for many years.  Executive Constantine’s Best Run Government initiative employed management philosophies and techniques pioneered in the private sector, such as Lean leadership, behaviors, and methods.

Examples include reducing inmates on suicide watch at the King County Correctional Facility, establishing the ORCA Lift low-income transit fare, and keeping employee health care costs to zero growth. The award also cited innovations such as Metro’s electric bus fleet, homelessness prevention efforts, and juvenile justice reform.

"This award is a tribute to the thousands of King County employees who embrace continuous improvement every day," said Executive Constantine. "We are creating a culture of excellence and innovation that will endure and enable us to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our region, now and into the future."

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This award is a tribute to the thousands of King County employees who embrace continuous improvement every day. We are creating a culture of excellence and innovation that will endure and enable us to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our region, now and into the future.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

For more information, contact:

Alex Fryer, Executive Office, 206-477-7966


King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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