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Dow Constantine


King County Information Technology named top large county IT organization in the nation

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King County Information Technology took first place in the 15th Annual National Association of Counties’ Digital Counties Survey. The award was given out Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. King County IT was recognized for its vision, strategy, innovation and collaboration.

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“This competitive national award recognizes the outstanding work of our Information Technology Department," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "To deliver on Best Run Government, it takes IT employees who work collaboratively with other departments. Smart IT practices save money, save time and, most important, use technology to provide services to our residents whenever, wherever, and however they do businesses with the county.”

The Digital Counties Survey comes from the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. The national award recognizes best practices and innovation for IT plans and programs.

King County IT is a business solutions partner that collaborates with the 18 King County departments to develop products and services that benefit King County residents and King County employees.

Among the notable services and products called out in the award:
• Increased mobile applications for King County residents
• Improved mobility through increased wireless capacity, speed, and access.
• A cloud strategy that saves money and reduces the carbon footprint.
• A focus on the Internet of Things and all aspects of data, including analytics for faster and better strategic and operational business decisions.

“This is an important award,” said Bill Kehoe, Chief Information Officer and IT Director. “It validates the real, day-to-day work that our employees do. They are the reason King County is known as one of the Best Run Governments in the country.”

“Judges were impressed with our regional collaborative approach to problem solving. They specifically called out our modernization strategy which includes standardizing on platforms and our cloud strategy,” said Kehoe. “Of course, cybersecurity is foundational to everything we do from elections to managing privacy in the justice system.”

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways,” said Todd Sander, executive director, Center for Digital Government. “The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.”

In November 2016, Governing Magazine named Dow Constantine Public Executive of the Year. “Executive Constantine has high expectations for himself and for us. I’m pleased we are able to deliver.”

King County IT is a consolidated executive branch IT organization that provides IT consulting and services to the 18 executive and separately elected departments.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.


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This competitive national award recognizes the outstanding work of our Information Technology Department. To deliver on Best Run Government, it takes IT employees who work collaboratively with other departments. Smart IT practices save money, save time and, most important, use technology to provide services to our residents whenever, wherever, and however they do businesses with the county

Dow Constantine, King County Executive

“This is an important award. It validates the real, day-to-day work that our employees do. They are the reason King County is known as one of the Best Run Governments in the country. Judges were impressed with our regional collaborative approach to problem solving. They specifically called out our modernization strategy which includes standardizing on platforms and our cloud strategy,” said Kehoe. “Of course, cybersecurity is foundational to everything we do from elections to managing privacy in the justice system.”

 Bill Kehoe, Chief Information Officer and IT Director

“Digital counties are leveraging technology to improve the ways they conduct business and engage with citizens in increasingly innovative and exciting ways. The Center for Digital Government congratulates this year’s winners for their work to reduce costs, encourage citizen engagement, increase efficiencies and proactively address citizen expectations.

Todd Sander, executive director, Center for Digital Government

For more information, contact:

Jamie Holter, King County Information Technology 206.719.7535 / jamie.holter@kingcounty.gov


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