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Dow Constantine



Executive Constantine announces plan to rapidly accelerate protection of the last, best 65,000 acres of urban greenspace, forests, farmland, trails, river corridors, and natural areas
Executive Dow Constantine proposed a measure for the November ballot that would fully restore the local Conservation Futures Program to its original rate, rapidly accelerating open space preservation for less than $2 more per month for owners of median-valued homes.


Leave the car, hit the trail: Trailhead Direct returns May 28
King County Metro and King County Parks are teaming up to launch Trailhead Direct for the season. The weekends and holiday transit-to-trails service will begin Saturday, May 28, and run through Sunday, September 11.


Executive Constantine thanks retiring Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention director John Diaz, names Juvenile Division director Allen Nance as successor
Executive Constantine thanks John Diaz for his service as he prepares to step down in late June, after leading the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) since 2019. Juvenile Division Director Allen Nance has been nominated as the next department director, overseeing King County’s adult jails, youth detention, community corrections, and other alternatives to secure detention.


Executive Constantine announces $21 million in King County Parks Levy grants that will connect trails, build parks, refurbish aquatic facilities, renovate community centers
The King County Council unanimously approved Executive Dow Constantine's plan to allocate more than $21 million in grant funding for 40 community-led projects that will connect trails, build parks, expand aquatic facilities, and renovate community centers. The funds are generated by the voter-approved King County Parks Levy.


Executive Constantine appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as King County Sheriff
Patti Cole-Tindall has been nominated to be King County Sheriff. The King County Council will host a hearing on May 18, followed by a confirmation vote.


Executive Constantine statement on report Supreme Court of the United States has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade
"I am disgusted, yet unsurprised, by the deeply troubling revelation of SCOTUS’s strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade."


Executive Constantine reappoints Anita Khandelwal to lead Department of Public Defense
Executive Constantine reappointed Anita Khandelwal to be director of the Department of Public Defense. DPD ensures legal representation is available for all people facing a loss of liberty who cannot afford an attorney and works with partners across the community to address racial disproportionality in the criminal legal system.


King County releases Reimagining Public Safety report and community-driven pilot program recommendations for urban Unincorporated King County
A new report released today shares findings from the Reimagining Public Safety Survey that launched last fall, including pilot program recommendations and future community engagement strategies.


A major King County restoration project along the Green River is improving salmon habitat, protecting homes, farms, and roads from flooding
A successful floodplain restoration project along the Green River near Auburn is improving habitat for fish and wildlife while also protecting farms and homes from flooding and erosion. It now provides greater diversity of habitat for native salmon that provide sustenance for Puget Sound orcas.


King County providing recent refugees a temporary place to stay in Redmond as they prepare for resettlement
In collaboration with the state, the City of Redmond, and community partners, King County is establishing a temporary place to stay at one of the County’s previously purchased hotels to provide support for current and newly arrived refugees as they prepare for resettlement.


King County awards $2 million in digital equity grants to local groups, agencies, and organizations serving communities most impacted by COVID-19
King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice awarded $2 million in grants to 29 local groups, agencies, and organizations that aim to increase digital equity and literacy in communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Finalists and public forums announced for King County Sheriff as recruitment moves into the final phase
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the names of three candidates who will move forward in the final phase of recruitment for the new King County Sheriff. Finalists will engage in two public community forums before a final interview with the Executive.


King County conducting thorough audit of Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program payments
King County has contracted with a third-party auditing firm to sample audit payments and is working to identify any cases of inappropriate payments. As the program winds down, the Department of Community and Human Services is taking on additional efforts to reconcile all payment records to landlords to identify all possible funds that can be paid to eligible households not yet assisted


Charged up and ready to go! Metro’s battery bus fleet celebrates opening of charging facility and beginning of battery-electric bus service
King County Metro has opened a brand-new charging facility for its battery-electric bus fleet, a first step towards achieving its commitment to transition the fleet to zero-emission vehicles powered by renewable energy by 2035. The state-of-the-art base is located in a community that has historically borne the brunt of the impact of air pollution.


King County Parks is the largest park system in the nation to earn Salmon-Safe certification, contributing to Executive Constantine's Clean Water Healthy Habitat
After a rigorous review by environmental nonprofit Salmon-Safe and its independent science team, King County Parks became the largest park system in the country to earn certification.


Executive Constantine and Clean the World launch mobile shower for people experiencing homelessness in King County
Executive Dow Constantine announced the launch of a new program bringing a mobile shower to people experiencing homelessness in Kent, Renton, and Seattle. The mobile shower by Clean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability, brings health and hygiene to those currently unsheltered in our region.


King County planning expanded enhanced shelter and behavioral health services hub in SoDo with new lease
Executive Constantine shared his proposal for the expansion of critical shelter and behavioral health services in SoDo, including micro-modular shelters, a sobering center, and supports for RV residents. The services hub will be a partnership between King County, the City of Seattle, and the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.


With local concrete market failing regional infrastructure projects, King County to pursue facilitating concrete manufacturing along with public partners
Executive Constantine provided legislation to the King County Council calling for a study of the County’s ability to facilitate the manufacture of concrete, ensuring that critical infrastructure construction is not inhibited in the future.


Executive Constantine’s ninth COVID-19 emergency budget funds $55 million in Public Health response
King County Executive Dow Constantine this week transmitted the ninth COVID-19 supplemental budget to the King County Council. The $157 million budget includes $55 million for Public Health to continue testing and isolation and quarantine centers.


Executive Constantine statement on Teamsters Local 174 offer to return to work
"Today's offer by Teamsters to return to work at three locations will help critical projects get back on track while negotiations for a three year contract continue."

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Dow Constantine
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