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The Whistleblower Protection Code (KCC 3.42) is an avenue for King County employees to report suspected improper governmental action. Improper governmental action means any action by a county employee while performing official duties that also meets one of the following criteria:
  • violates county, state or federal law or rule, or;
  • constitutes an abuse of authority, or;
  • constitutes gross mismanagement, or;
  • creates a substantial danger to the public health or safety, or;
  • results in a gross waste of public funds, or;
  • prevents the dissemination of scientific opinion or alters technical findings without scientifically valid justification.

Employees who in good faith report improper governmental action, or who cooperate in a whistleblower investigation, are protected from retaliation.

Where to report varies depending upon the type of improper governmental action. Employees are encouraged to contact the Office of the Ombuds before filing a whistleblower or retaliation complaint. 

Whistleblower guide (PDF)

Download a PDF of the Whistleblower Protection Code Summary

Download a PDF of the Whistleblower Complaint Form 

Download a PDF of the Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint Form 

Alternate formats for persons with disabilities available upon request.