King County Executive
Executive Constantine launches new initiatives that will create safer, healthier schools and neighborhoods throughout King County
King County will make it easier for kids to eat healthy, exercise and avoid harmful substances with the help of local nonprofits that successfully competed for Best Starts for Kids funding. Executive Constantine also announced that King County will open three new School-Based Health Centers this fall.
Executive Constantine thanks state House for passing key funding for local homelessness efforts
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passage of HB 1570
Renewing King County’s commitment to veterans and helping the region's growing senior population
The voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy has connected hundreds of thousands of King County’s veterans and vulnerable individuals and families with housing, employment, treatment and medical and mental health care. The levy will expire on Dec. 31. Executive Constantine’s proposal to replace the levy will increase the county’s capacity to serve veterans and vulnerable populations, and add new services to help the region’s rapidly growing senior population.
New state law enacts recommendations from King County task force to help cities and counties confront the opiate crisis
Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bill that will enact several recommendations made by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force that will help cities and counties across the state confront the epidemic. It will help cities and counties lower barriers to treatment and reduce wait lists for opioid treatment.
Affordable Care Act repeal: Bad policy that weakens health care in King County
An analysis of the American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans would cut federal support to states and individuals, unraveling the most popular and successful aspects of the current law, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. The legislation puts more than 200,000 King County residents at risk of losing their health care.
Executive thanks County Council for giving voters the opportunity to increase access to local arts, science and culture
King County Executive Dow Constantine today released the following statement after the King County Council voted to put Access for All -- an initiative that will make it possible for all residents to experience the region’s rich art, science and heritage offerings -- on the August ballot.
Executive's tribute to Gov. Mike Lowry: He was a steadfast champion of the people
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following tribute to former Gov. Mike Lowry.
Executive unveils stronger community-centered response for youth and families in crisis
Following through on his promise to push forward the best ideas in juvenile justice reform, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a plan to divert more young people from detention by providing 24/7 community-based services and short-term emergency housing for at risk youth and those involved in the justice system.
King County honors the heroic sacrifice of firefighter Luther Dean Bonner with a new airport fire station that captures his story
King County elected officials honored the memory of Luther Dean Bonner – a Seattle firefighter whose courageous sacrifice in 1943 has been largely forgotten– and named the new rescue and fire station at King County International Airport in his memory.
King County, Seattle and other cities unite on regional plan to confront homelessness
Executive Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a new regional approach to confronting homelessness throughout King County, one that will unite cities, community partners and civic leaders.
Executive on judge's ruling on DREAMer Daniel Ramirez Medina: We look forward to the day when he can build a secure and productive life in our community
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement after an immigration judge ruled that Daniel Ramirez Medina -- an immigrant from Mexico protected by the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings.
Executive on the Justice Department: If this is about coercing a local jurisdiction to imprison people without judicial process then no, we will not be bullied
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens by King County Sheriff’s deputies
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Mi’Chance Deshon Dunlap-Gittens by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Jan. 27, 2017. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement within King County while performing his or her duty.
Executive on Senate's education funding proposal: This plan would result in more kids who can't go to school because they are sick
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following statement in response to the state Senate’s proposed operating budget.
Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Patrick Reddeck by Kent police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Patrick Reddeck on Oct. 16, 2016 by Kent police officers. The purpose of inquests is to determine the causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement within King County while performing his or her duty.
State of the County: Executive Constantine announces focus on healthy aging, new reception centers for youth
King County Executive Dow Constantine, in his annual State of the County address, announced plans for two new short-stay centers for youth in crisis, and a new focus on serving the needs of the region’s growing population of seniors. Executive Constantine also outlined progress on transportation, human services and environmental protection.
Executive on President Trump’s proposed budget: An assault on the environment, economy and mobility of King County
President Trump’s $1.07 trillion budget request released today proposes significant cuts to federal programs funding King County transit, human services, public health and other critical services. King County departments are continuing to calibrate the impacts of the Trump budget on our 2.1 million residents as the White House prepares a more detailed budget expected in early May.
ACA replacement proposal undermines health coverage gains in King County, puts public’s health at risk
Policy experts at Public Health – Seattle & King County determined House Speaker Paul Ryan's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act would endanger health care coverage for more than 200,000 county residents; increase out of pocket costs for low-income individuals; revoke coverage for mental health and substance-use disorder treatment; and erode the County’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks.
Dramatically increasing access for kids and families to experience local art, science and cultural heritage
An initiative announced by Executive Constantine will dramatically increase equity and access for kids and families to experience local art, science and culture heritage throughout King County, with a particular focus on underserved populations.
Executive on the passing of Rep. Helen Sommers: The state has lost a leader, and generations of state leaders have lost a mentor
King County Executive Dow Constantine today issued the following tribute honoring former state Rep. Helen Sommers.