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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn

Serving Bellevue, Kent, Maple Valley, Newcastle, Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Covington, Renton and over 70,000 residents of unincorporated King County
Councilmember
Reagan Dunn 
Council District 9  
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-477-1009
Toll Free: 800-325-6165
TTY/TDD: 206-296-1024
Fax: 206-296-0198

IndVetsCeremony to honor indigent veterans

Councilmember Dunn participated in a solemn ceremony to honor 36 indigent veterans at the Tahoma National Cemetery on July 29. All branches of the military were represented in the 36 veterans laid to rest. Members of the public and other officials gathered at Tahoma National Cemetery to recognize them for their service and ensure that their lives will not be forgotten. Read more

See additional photos here.

KC15stFairCouncilmember Dunn and Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds open the 151st King County Fair

On July 17th Councilmember Dunn joined Enumclaw Mayor Liz Reynolds to sell the first tickets and greet fairgoers of the 151st King County Fair.  The King County Fair has been in operation since 1863 and is the longest running fair west of the Mississippi River. Read more


Photo: Michelle Frets, Vine Maple Place; Rawna Hamann, Tahoma School District Student Transition Program; Reagan Dunn, King County Councilmember; Pastor Steve Murray, Real Life Church.Councilmember Dunn hands over keys of retired County vans

On July 15th, Councilmember Dunn visited Vine Maple Place in Maple Valley and delivered retired King County Metro vans to Vine Maple Place, the Tahoma School District Student Transitions Program, and the Real Life Church of Covington. Read more


NewcastleCCCouncilmember Dunn addresses Newcastle City Council

On Tuesday July 15th, Councilmember Dunn delivered a “State of the County” address to the Mayor and City Council of Newcastle.  During his address, Councilmember Dunn updated the Council on County issues such as the County budget, legislative priorities and the King County Flood Control District.  You can listen to his address here.


KentAddress Councilmember Dunn addresses Kent City Council

On Tuesday June 17th, Councilmember Dunn delivered a “State of the County” address to the Mayor and City Council of Kent.  During his address, Councilmember Dunn also highlighted the King County Flood Control District’s work to upgrade the levee systems along the Green River. You can view his address here.


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Dunn amendment will study impacts on self-haul users in case of possible closure of Renton Transfer Station

The King County Council unanimously adopted the County’s Solid Waste Transfer and Waste Management Plan on June 9. In doing so, the Council will also give consideration to the self-haul users of the Renton Transfer Facility in the form of an adopted amendment in committee by Councilmember Reagan Dunn.

Councilmember Dunn’s amendment calls for a review of what a potential closure of the Renton Transfer Station would mean to self-haul users and calls for an in depth study that will take into account impacts of the potential closure on self-haul users. Paying particular attention to the accessibility and convenience the Renton facility currently provides. Read more.


Council approves “retired” County vans for organizations in Maple Valley and Covington

Three community organizations in Councilmember Dunn’s district were approved on May 27 to receive a retired King County Metro van. Vine Maple Place, The Transitions Program at the Tahoma School District and the Real Life Church in Covington were the three recipients in District 9. Repurposing retired metro vans to continue to benefit the residents of District 9 helps to make the most of limited resources. Read more.

Councilmember Dunn Hosts fourth Unincorporated Area Town Hall

Councilmember Dunn Hosts fourth Unincorporated Area Town Halls/Community Service Area Open HousesCouncilmember Dunn was joined by Sheriff Urquhart as well as other King County Department heads at a fourth town hall style meeting on May 20.

This town hall provided the opportunity for residents of unincorporated Southeast King County to discuss County services as well as other issues facing the County and their community.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Phase 2 of Ravensdale Park

On May 20th Councilmember Dunn along with State, local and community partners broke ground on phase two of the Ravensdale Park expansion project. Phase two work includes two new lit multi-sport synthetic fields, restrooms, a parking lot, maintenance building and a community meadow – all of which is expected to be completed by early this fall. Read more.


Councilmember Dunn Hosts Third Unincorporated Area Town Hall

Councilmember Dunn Hosts Third Unincorporated Area Town Hall/Community Service Area Open House

Councilmember Dunn was again joined by Sheriff Urquhart, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and King County Assessor Lloyd Hara as well as other King County Department heads at a third of four Town Hall style meetings on May 14.

This town hall provided the opportunity for residents of the unincorporated community of Fairwood to discuss County services as well as other issues facing the County and their community.


King County Council Proclaims May 12-18 National Police Week honoring officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice

King County is home to nearly 3,100 commissioned law enforcement personnel who serve and protect the residents and businesses of 39 cities, the Port of Seattle, three Tribal governments, the University of Washington and the 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County.  On Monday May 12 the County Council joined municipalities across the country in proclaiming May 12–18 National Police Week in recognition of those men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. Read more.
 The King County Council along with Sheriff Urquhart proclaimed May 12–18 National Police Week
The King County Council along with Sheriff Urquhart proclaimed May 12–18 National Police Week.


Legislation approved to begin addressing the needs of incarcerated veterans

Legislation sponsored by Councilmember Dunn passed the County Council on Monday May 12 that will look into ways of improving access to treatment and services for veterans in County jails, in hopes of reducing veteran recidivism.  King County is home to more than 127,000 current or former members of the United State military, reserves and National Guard.  Unfortunately for some when they come back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, part of the war has come back with them. Read more.


Councilmember Dunn Hosts second Unincorporated Area Town Halls/Community Service Area Open Houses

Image: Reagan Dunn at Unincorporated Area Town Halls/Community Service Area Open HouseCouncilmember Dunn was again joined by Sheriff Urquhart and King County Assessor Lloyd Hara as well as other King County Department heads at a second of four Town Hall style meetings on April 21 focusing on issues affecting unincorporated areas in the County. Monday night’s meeting was held for residents living in the Greater Maple Valley/ Cedar River unincorporated area.

These meetings provide the opportunity for residents of Southeast King County to discuss County services as well as other issues facing the County and their community.

More information on Community Service Areas


King County Flood Control District, City of Kent break ground on the Briscoe-Desimone levee rehabilitation project

april17Chair of the Flood Control District Reagan Dunn was joined by Flood District Supervisor Dave Upthegrove, Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, State Senator Joe Fain, State Senator Karen Keiser, State Representative Tina Orwall, and others on April 17 to break ground and celebrate the start of construction on the Briscoe-Desimone levee system.  The Briscoe Levee is located along the right bank of the Green River in the city of Kent. The Desimone Levee is located on the right bank of the Green River in the city of Tukwila.  This system protects a vital economic hub in our region and the much needed upgrades to this levee system will protect both lives and businesses in the Green River Valley. Read More


Councilmember Dunn Hosts Unincorporated Area Town Halls/Community Service Area Open Houses

Councilmember Dunn was joined by Sheriff Urquhart and other King County Department heads at Town Hall style meeting focusing on issues affecting unincorporated areas in the CountyCouncilmember Dunn was joined by Sheriff Urquhart and other King County Department heads at a Town Hall style meeting on April 14 focusing on issues affecting unincorporated areas in the County. Monday night’s meeting was held for residents living in the East Renton Plateau, Four Creeks, Tiger Mountain unincorporated area, and McDivitt & Ptarmigan precincts.

These meetings provide the opportunity for residents of Southeast King County to discuss County services as well as other issues facing the County and their community.

More information on Community Service Areas


State of the County address to the Renton City Council

On April 7 Councilmember Dunn visited the City of Renton and delivered a State of the County Address to the Mayor and members of the Renton City Council. In his address Councilmember Dunn updated the Council on issues such as the County Budget, Transit and other issues affecting the County. Please view the address here.

Dunn seeks to increase awareness of The Safety of Newborn Children Law

The King County Council unanimously passed Councilmember Dunn’s motion to increase awareness of The Safety of Newborn Children Law, which allows parents to legally and safely surrender a newborn.

This Motion was partly drafted as a result of the tragic events of Feb. 12, when a body of a newborn girl was discovered abandoned in a wooded area near North Bend, only ½ mile from a hospital. Authorities named the newborn Kimball Doe because the body was found near Kimball Creek Bridge. Baby Kimball’s fate may have been averted if her parents had taken advantage of The Safety of Newborn Children Law. Read More.

Image: Tracy Tran recognitionKing County Council Recognizes Local Student for Outstanding Academic Achievement

In a special recognition ceremony lead by Councilmember Dunn, the King County Council recognized Tracy Tran of Kentridge High School, which is in the Kent School District, for recording a perfect score on her advanced placement calculus test. Only eight students worldwide earned a perfect score on this exam. Read more.


Hicks–Raburn Sheriff’s Office Precinct in Maple Valley reopening Councilmember Dunn, Sheriff Urquhart, Congressman Reichert and Others Officially Re-open Hicks – Raburn Maple Valley Sheriff’s Office Precinct

The Hicks–Raburn Sheriff’s Office Precinct in Maple Valley was officially re-opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by City Councilmembers, member of the Sheriff’s office both current and retired, community members, dignitaries and the families Sargent Samuel Hicks and Detective Michael Raburn whom the precinct is named after.

The re-opening of this precinct marks the return of a vital community resource and one of Councilmember Dunn’s top budget priorities.  This facility is an important asset to the communities of Southeast King County and to the Sheriff’s Office.  The precinct was built as a police station and has all of the support services and tools our deputies need to effectively protect the unincorporated residents of Southeast King County. The precinct will also house the Sheriff’s special operations units, such as the SWAT team, K-9 and Bomb unit. Locating these units closer to Maple Valley and Covington who contract with the Sheriff’s office and the unincorporated residents in the areas of Southeast King County will benefit with these resources being based in closer proximity should the need for those specialized services occur.

The ceremony marks a new day for the King County Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Southeast King County.  Please take a moment and watch this emotional ceremony here:  View the video here.


Local Community Groups and Organizations Selected from District 9 for Community Service Area Grants

Councilmember Dunn announced a number of local groups and organizations inside District 9 were selected through a competitive process to receive grant funding through the King County Community Service Area Program.  Read more here on the recipients: Fairwood Greens and Woodside Home Owners AssociationsMaple Hills Maintenance Company, Four Creeks Area Council and the Community Alliance to Reach out and Engage (CARE) and Serenity Equine and Greater Maple Valley Area Council.

Council adopts plan to place human trafficking information in key locations across King County

The King County Council gave unanimous support on February 24 to legislation sponsored by Councilmember Dunn that continues King County’s aggressive approach against human trafficking. The legislation expands the County’s outreach and awareness effort to government facilities. The outreach campaign will focus on locations and services where trafficked individuals are most likely to see the messages. Read more

County Council  approves agreement that paves the way for construction of two new athletic fields in Ravensdale

The King County Council today gave its unanimous approval to a use agreement between King County and the Ravensdale Park Foundation. The agreement will allow for construction of two synthetic ballfields and all related infrastructure.  This agreement will increase recreational opportunities for residents of Southeast King County.  Read More

Image: Councilmember Dunn testifies at meeting of the U.S. House Committee to highlight County’s efforts on human traffickingCouncilmember Dunn testifies at meeting of The U.S. House Committee to highlight County’s efforts on human trafficking

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, Chaired by Rep. Dave Reichert, held a field hearing in Auburn on February 19 to discuss efforts in Washington State to prevent and address child sex trafficking. Read Councilmember Dunn’s Statement on the hearing here.

Motion urging State Legislative action on human trafficking unanimously passes County Council

Councilmember Dunn sponsored a Motion that was unanimously supported by the King County Council urging the Washington state Legislature to enact and support efforts to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation that would better support and protect victims. Read More
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Washington Anti-Trafficking Network (WARN) volunteer Emma Vielbig (l) and WARN Program Director Kathleen Morris (r). Morris and Vielbig joined the Council as they proclaimed January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in King County.

Promoting awareness to end Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Metropolitan King County Council declared January, Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness month in recognition of the ongoing effort to call attention to these forms of modern day bondage. Read more


County Council honors second group of “HERO” graduates

The Metropolitan King County Council recognized the second graduating class of veterans who were part of the County’s Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity (HERO) Program, which was based on legislation sponsored by Councilmember Dunn. Read more

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New Fire Commissioner for King County Fire District 28

The Metropolitan King County Council on December 9 appointed Stan McCall to serve as a Fire Commissioner for King County Fire District (KCFD) 28 serving Enumclaw and the surrounding plateau. Read more

Photo shows Stan McCall sworn in by Council Clerk Anne Noris as the newest Commissioner for King County Fire District 28.


District 9 highlights of 2014 King County budget


The King County Council recently adopted the 2014 County Budget. Please take a moment and read some of the details and highlights of the budget affecting District 9 and the rest of King County. Read more

PacificFlood_web Flood risk in Pacific triggers emergency protection measures

Councilmember Dunn in his role as Chair of the King County Flood Control District was in the City of Pacific on Tuesday October 29  announcing emergency measures in response to new information that sediment build-up in the White River alongside the city of Pacific is creating a higher flood risk.  Read more


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Dunn, Sheriff Urquhart and Executive Constantine visit proposed Maple Valley Sheriff’s Office Precinct

On Friday October 25 Councilmember Dunn was joined by King County Sheriff John Urquhart and County Executive Dow Constantine in touring the Hicks–Raburn Sheriff’s Office Precinct in Maple Valley. The County Executive has proposed reopening the precinct that was closed in 2012 as the County was battling the effect of the great recession.  Read more


Bellevue City Council Address

Councilmember Dunn addressed the Bellevue City Council on Monday October 7.  In his address he updated the Councilmembers on County Budget deliberations and other shared issues and concerns between the City of Bellevue and King County.  Watch his address here.


County Council accepts report outlining King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial

On September 16 the King County Council unanimously accepted a report detailing how King County will establish a memorial recognizing the 16 members of the King County Sheriff’s Office who have been killed in the line of duty. Read more


FemaKing County Flood Control District (KCFCD) Executive Committee and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) host town hall

Councilmember Dunn along with other members of the KCFCD Executive Committee and FEMA officials hosted a town hall meeting on September 12 to discuss new federal flood maps and how they could impact Green River Valley homes and businesses. Read more

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Councilmember Dunn attends Liberty High installation of new Patriot Way street sign

Councilmember Dunn joined students and alumni from Renton’s Liberty High School on September 6 in celebration of the beginning of school and the installation of new street signs in front of their school that officially designate the street as “Patriot Way.” Read more


DC Councilmember Dunn testifies in support of Alpine Wilderness Additions and Scenic River Designations

Councilmember Reagan Dunn went before Congress on July 23 (watch video) to support federal legislation that would expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers. Read more


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Councilmember Dunn and Sheriff Urquhart recognize three life-saving heroes

On July 16 Councilmember Dunn joined King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Renton Mayor Denis Law and Renton Fire Chief Mark Peterson to recognize the action of three people who prevented drowning deaths in King County. Read More


KCFairCouncilmember Dunn crowns the “King Critter” of the King County Fair

Snow White the rooster and his owner Holly Rice took center stage as the King County Fair’s “King Critter.” Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn had the honor of judging the critters, part of the traditional start of the annual King County Fair, which opened on July 11. Read more


Councilmember Dunn attends Reddington Levee project groundbreaking

Reddington Levee setback project kicks off busy Flood Control District construction season. Watch the video


van Councilmember Dunn visits Vision House of Renton to turn over “retired” County van

 

On Tuesday July 9 Councilmember Dunn visited Renton’s Vision House.  Vision House provides transitional housing, support services and child care for homeless mothers and their children as well as assisting homeless men recovering from substance abuse to hand over the keys to a retired Metro van.  Read more


vanBerachahCouncilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Camp Berachah Day Care Program

On Wednesday, June 26, Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn visited Camp Berachah to hand over the keys of a retired Metro van to Camp Berachah just in time for the busy summer season. Read more


 HEROgraduatesCouncilmember Dunn and County Executive Honors First graduates of King County HERO Program

This morning at the King County Council chambers, the first group of graduates from the HERO Program was recognized by King County Councilmembers and the County Executive. Each veteran was also presented with a special coin inscribed with a King County logo and the seals of each branch of the U.S. military. Read more about the HERO Program here.
 

County Council unanimously approve “Patriot Way” for Liberty High School

A project for the students of Renton’s Liberty High School became a reality today as the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously adopted legislation renaming the street in front of their school “Patriot Way.” Read more here.

Image: Group Photo for Patriot Way


EnumclawCouncilmember Dunn and King County leaders host Community Service Area meetings

I was joined by King County Department heads at four Town Hall style meetings over the last four months.

These meetings provided the opportunity for residents of Southeast King County to discuss County services as well as other issues facing the County and their community. 

Attended Past Community Service Area Meetings in:

Fairwood on April 4
Enumclaw Plateau on May 1
Greater Maple Valley / Cedar River on May 21
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain on June 13

More Information on CSA


MtoSMountains to Sound Greenway designation a reality

On April 30 I attended a press conference announcing that Congressman Reichert has sponsored and submitted the Legislation that would designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.  I previously sponsored a Motion on this issue that passed the Council unanimously calling on Congress to take up this important Legislation. Read the press release here.

Read our statement from this press conference here.


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Council adopts plan to create King County Sheriff Deputy’s memorial

The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous support to a study that will look at creating a memorial to recognize fallen deputies within the King County Courthouse. Read more


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Councilmember Dunn and Sheriff Urquhart Host Town Hall Meeting in Fairwood

I was joined by King County Sheriff John Urquhart for a special Town Hall meeeting April 4 in the Fairwood Neighborhood. 

The event provided the opportunity for residents to discuss County services as well as recent events in Fairwood and to ask questions of elected officials and King County department representatives.
 
Fairwood residents’ concerns addressed after couple’s murder--Q13 News


 

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Councilmember Dunn Joins the Executive to announce agreement to protect 43,000 acres of White River Forest forestland

This proposal would ensure that the White River Forest remains a working forest that encompasses all the economic and conservation principles that are important to thriving forest lands. 

Read more
View the press conference

 

Councilmember Dunn Completes Annual State of the County Addresses

Councilmember Dunn recently wrapped up his State of the County Addresses for 2013.   Reagan visited the eight cities in Council District 9 and delivered his address to each city council.

View Video of the Addresses below: Councilmember Dunn has delivered addresses to:
City of Covington on January 28
City of Maple Valley on January 28
City of Newcastle on February 5
City of Issaquah on February 19
 
 map of Cougar Mt, Squak Mt., and Tiger Mt.
 View a complete map of the Cougar/Squak Corridor.

Squak Mountain Open Space Preservation

Recently, I sent a letter of support to the King County Conservation Futures Citizens Oversight Committee expressing support for the purchase by the King County Parks Division of a 216-acre tract of land on Squak Mountain near Issaquah.  The tract is one of the few large tracts of timberland on Squak Mountain left to be purchased.  This purchase would connect Cougar Mountain to the Cougar/Squak Corridor, both publically owned pieces of land.
 
Effort to increase awareness of Human Trafficking takes to the streets of King County 
 Councilmember Reagan Dunn joined Seattle Mayor McGinn in unveiling new tool to fight the tragedy of Human Trafficking. 

Regional billboards Unveiled to Combat Human Trafficking

A new outlet to increase awareness of the tragedy of Human Trafficking in King County was recently unveiled as Councilmember Dunn attended unveilings in Seattle and Kent.  Read more about this public awareness campaign and the event in Seattle and Kent.

 


 Proclamation of Enumclaw's CentennialCouncilmember Dunn Delivers Proclamation Celebrating Enumclaw’s Centennial

The City of Enumclaw recently celebrated their centennial. I was happy to present a proclamation at the celebration. Read the proclamation.

Learn more: Enumclaw Celebrates 100 years.


Maple Valley Sheriff’s Memorial Dedication CeremonyCouncilmember Dunn delivers remarks at Maple Valley Sheriff’s memorial dedication ceremony

It is truly a privilege to help dedicate this new memorial for Sergeant Hicks and Detective Raburn, two heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the community they both so admirably served. These men will not be forgotten and this memorial is a fitting tribute to their lives and to the work they did on behalf of the residents of King County. Read more


Human Trafficking Awareness

 

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Yasmin Christopher, a survivor of
human trafficking, with Councilmember Dunn
and King County Sheriff John Urquhart

In response to a motion introduced by Councilmember Dunn and unanimously passed by the King County Council in October, King County today launched a countywide campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking in our community. The campaign includes ads on 200 Metro buses that will begin to appear on Friday, a public service announcement, and a program to train key County staff to recognize and respond to human trafficking situations.  Read more.

Watch a video of the news conference announcing the campaign.


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The “Soup Ladies” of Black Diamond, best known for their dedicated service of feeding first responders such as police, fire departments, EMS and search and rescue teams, received a retired King County Sheriff’s Office 4x4 all terrain truck from Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn. Read more


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Councilmember Dunn turns over “retired” County van to Renton Fire Department’s Explorer program

I am very pleased to partner with the Renton Fire Department and their Explorer program and hand over this great looking van to this worthy organization. This van will help them better facilitate the program and teach local youth about the importance of serving their communities. Read more


Councilmembers Dunn and Phillips call on Sound Transit Board to join Anti-Human Trafficking campaign

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn and Councilmember Larry Phillips today released a letter they sent to Sound Transit calling on the agency to work collaboratively with King County in supporting the anti-human trafficking campaign that will launch in January.


Sheriff’s Office to study cyberbullying within King County

A motion introduced by Councilmember Reagan Dunn is urging the King County Sheriff’s Office to study ways to protect the public from an emerging trend: cyberbullying.

“In recent months, all across the country, we have seen tragedies unfold as a result of cyberbullying,” said Dunn, lead sponsor of the motion. “This motion will allow the Sheriff’s Office to study this issue thoroughly and ensure King County has a plan to deal with any of these troubling bullying trends.” Read more


Councilmember Dunn attends King County Sikh community's candlelight vigil

King County's Sikh community held a candlelight vigil in Renton in mid-August to remember the worshippers killed in Wisconsin on August 5.  Six people were killed during a ceremony taking place inside their temple. Read more


King County Council proclaims "Washington’s Most Wanted" Day

Washington’s Most WantedOn July 23, the King County Council recognized the television show “Washington’s Most Wanted” on their recent assistance in capturing their 300th fugitive.

“This show has been a huge success here in King County and all throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, the sponsor of the recognition. “The work this program does in assisting law enforcement officials is tremendous public service and the show and all involved deserve our highest praise.”

Washington’s Most Wanted began in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound in November of 2008. The program, which is based in Seattle, has expanded to include Fox Broadcasting affiliates in Spokane, Yakima, and the Tri-Cities, and the CW affiliate in Portland, OR. Read more...



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Raising awareness, assisting victims: Council unanimously adopts Human Trafficking public awareness campaign

The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved a motion calling for the County Executive to embark on a human trafficking public awareness campaign. The motion calls for using King County Transit Division public service advertising to help inform the public about these crimes and to let victims know about the resources available to help them. Read more...


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Sandbag removal signals Green River Valley is open for recreation again

Community and business leaders and trail enthusiasts joined officials from the King County Flood Control District, King County, and the city of Kent to celebrate the removal of giant sandbags that have been lining the Green River Trail since 2009.

The approximately 3-foot high sandbags were installed to provide extra flood protection to the cities of Kent, Auburn, and Tukwila after the 2009 announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that severe flooding was possible due to a damaged Howard Hanson Dam embankment. The Corps announced last fall that they are once again operating the dam at full capacity. Read more...

_MG_2679Honoring officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice

On May 14, the Council adopted a proclamation I sponsored declaring May 13-19 "Police Week" in King County, recognizing police officers throughout America who have lost their lives in the line of duty. King County Sheriff Steve Strachan joined us in honoring the 15 King County Sheriffs Deputies who are among the 94 members of law enforcement in King County who made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of these dedicated local public servants are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C as well as The Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial in Olympia.


 

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Creating internship program for veterans

The Metropolitan King County Council gave its unanimous support  to a motion calling on King County to explore ways to tap the skills and knowledge of a vital and underutilized group: Veterans.

“It is my hope that a veterans internship program will benefit not only those returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but all veterans who have gained such tremendous skills defending our county, but unable to find employment with those skills,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, prime sponsor of the motion. “This is an opportunity to create a regional model for public and private employers that can increase employment opportunities for these heroes who protect our freedom.”  Read more

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Van donation to Renton Fire Dept
Councilmember Reagan Dunn is joined by Renton City Council President Rich Zwicker (left), Renton Fire Chief Mark Peterson (right) and members of the Renton Fire Department. Dunn was delivering a retired King County Metro Vanpool van to the RFD, which will use the vehicle for the department’s Explorer Program.

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