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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2017

19
OCT

More integrated treatment for addiction and mental health with a priority for people who are homeless
King County is helping open a new detox facility that will offer integrated treatment for mental health and substance-use disorder – including opioid addiction – that prioritizes bed space for people who are homeless.

17
OCT

Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by Seattle police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles by Seattle 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.

12
OCT

Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Tommy Le by King County sheriff's deputy
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Tommy Le by a King County sheriff's deputy. 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.

10
OCT

Helping more young people throughout King County reach adulthood healthy, empowered, and ready to thrive
The latest Best Starts for Kids initiative will provide funding to 32 partner organizations to provide leadership opportunities, mentoring, and other services that will help young people throughout King County achieve their full potential.

10
OCT

Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Damarius Butts by Seattle police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Damarius Butts by Seattle 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,

5
OCT

Regional leaders announce bid on Amazon HQ2, emphasize long-term economic development
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced a regional proposal to Amazon for its second headquarters. The potential sites are located in cities and tribal lands across King and Snohomish counties.

3
OCT

Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Eugene Nelson by Kent police officers
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Eugene Nelson 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.

26
SEP

Honoring a neighborhood group that helped Greenwood recover and thrive following a major gas explosion
Executive Constantine honored a neighborhood group that helped Greenwood recover from a 2016 gas explosion, raising more than $330,000 in relief funds and organizing volunteer work parties to refurbish the impacted area.

25
SEP

Another Senate health care bill, another potential step backwards for local health care
The latest health-care bill being debated in the U.S. Senate would potentially threaten access to health-care for up to a half-million King County residents – a quarter of all people living in the county. Even in a best case scenario, thousands of local residents would lose their insurance coverage.

19
SEP

To improve innovation and accountability, Executive Constantine proposes to make Metro its own County department
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a plan to begin transforming King County Metro into its own department within County government by early 2019. The proposal will go to the County Council next year.

15
SEP

Executive Constantine: The proposed settlement of the Puget Sound Energy rate case lays the groundwork for cleaner energy in King County
Executive Constantine says a proposed settlement of the Puget Sound Energy rate case will accelerate to transition to clean renewable energy in King County.

15
SEP

Executive Constantine accepts juvenile justice report, moves forward with reforms
King County Executive Dow Constantine today received a review of the Children and Family Justice Center he had commissioned from Dr. Eric Trupin of the University of Washington. The review will inform the road map to achieve the Executive’s goal of Zero Youth Detention.

14
SEP

Executive Constantine submits proposal to help get guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers
In a supplemental budget request, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed an additional $650,000 for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office to better enforce court orders to surrender weapons when civil protection orders are issued.

13
SEP

King County Metro riders will see more bus service, boosted Night Owl service starting Sept. 23
Riders will see more King County Metro bus service starting Sept. 23 on dozens of routes, including expanded Night Owl bus service on 13 routes, as well as more reliable service across the county. Improvements are funded by King County and Seattle’s voter-approved Proposition 1. Details are now online and new purple timetables will be available soon.

12
SEP

Inquest ordered into the fatal shooting of Isaiah Obet by an Auburn police officer
Executive Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Isaiah Obet by an Auburn police officer. 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.

12
SEP

Executive Constantine proposes additional funding for police training
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a supplementary budget request of $400,000 for de-escalation training for King County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Executive Constantine also proposes $418,000 for additional Crisis Intervention Training.

5
SEP

Helping teachers, staff and students transform schools so children and youth can thrive
Executive Constantine launched two new Best Starts for Kids initiatives that will provide a combined $1.46 million in funding to help schools and their partners better address the impacts of trauma and adversity and expand mental-health support in King County middle schools.

5
SEP

Executive Constantine on DACA: "Now is the time for courage and leadership, not fear and intimidation"
King County Executive Constantine released the following statement on the administration's decision on DACA

31
AUG

State budget cuts mental health and other services to King County residents, fix needed in next Legislative session
Funding for core Medicaid behavioral health care in King County will be slashed by $18 million next year, according to an analysis released this week by the state Department of Social and Human Services. Revised rates based on the 2017-2018 state operating budget reveal significant cuts to mental health and substance use disorder services. Impacts in King County could be widespread.

28
AUG

King County, City of Seattle and Seattle Foundation announce $2.25 million in emergency funding to provide critical services to immigrants and refugees
Nearly 40 nonprofits successfully competed for a combined $2.25 million in emergency funding from King County, the City of Seattle, and Seattle Foundation to provide critical services to immigrants and refugees and other vulnerable residents whose health, safety, and human rights are at risk.

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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