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Recent Executive Office news releases

April 16
Property taxes due for first half of 2014
King County offers secure and efficient online payment system  Learn more...
April 15
Seattle, King County receive more than $22 million in federal homeless assistance grants
Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $22.7 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2014-2015, making it possible to continue a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Learn more...
April 11
Executive thanks Health Leadership Circle for enrollment efforts
This is a letter King County Executive Dow Constantine sent to committee members of the Healthcare Enrollment Leadership Circle, who worked tirelessly to support King County's efforts to enroll more than 150,000 residents in affordable healthcare prior to the first deadline of the Affordable Care Act.   Learn more...
April 10
9-1-1 service restored in King County
There is a widespread 9-1-1 outage affecting Washington and Oregon, including King County. If you have an emergency and are unable to get through to 9-1-1, call the following phone numbers in King County for your location  Learn more...
April 3
Executive awards $530,000 for housing and employment services to reach homeless youth and young adults
The grants help advance King County’s Health and Human Services Transformation Plan by funding work to improve health and social outcomes for a very high-risk population. Each of the proposals funded will help homeless youth achieve and maintain housing and long-term stability.  Learn more...
April 1
Executive Constantine praises effort that enrolled 150,000 King County residents in health coverage
King County's partnerships with cities, nonprofits, labor, and business helped enroll more than 150,000 people before the first deadline under the Affordable Care Act.  Learn more...
April 1
Socially-responsible banking guidelines proposed by Executive Constantine
Banks that wish to compete to be King County’s financial services provider would have to develop plans to address the credit and financial needs of the County's diverse and historically underserved communities, under new guidelines for socially-responsible banking proposed this week by King County Executive Dow Constantine in collaboration with members of the County Council.  Learn more...
March 31
State accountability audit of King County comes back with no findings
The State Auditor's Office issued an accountability audit of King County which shows that in those areas it examined, the County’s financial practices were in compliance with state and local laws and regulations – the first time the County has had a "no finding" audit since 2007.  Learn more...
March 21
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of armed man at Capitol Hill apartment building
Fact-finding hearing is customary to determine causes and circumstances of any death involving a member of law enforcement while in performance of duties  Learn more...
March 18
Executive wishes for recovery of King County employee injured today, and sends condolences on tragic loss of KOMO News photographer and pilot
“Today’s tragedy that stunned our region is brought even closer to home with news that the injured motorist is one of our King County employees."  Learn more...
Feb. 24
Executive Constantine praises County Council action on reduced fare for low-income Metro riders
"I am pleased that the Council has taken this important action to ensure a bus ride remains affordable for those of limited means who need to get to school or their jobs."  Learn more...
Feb. 13
Executive's Procurement Reform Initiative to open business opportunities for 200 more small businesses in 2014
Proposal would add Seattle Community Colleges as participating agency in regional certification program  Learn more...
Feb. 12
Retired Air Force commander to lead work of connecting veterans to services in King County
Lt. Col. Dana Sawyers has counseled injured vets, and developed a Wounded Warrior project in the Republic of Georgia. She will lead the county's Regional Veterans Initiative.  Learn more...
Feb. 10
New Vashon Rural Services Center to open February 20
Facility in downtown Vashon will house Sheriff's Office, District Court, Community Service Center, and permitting services  Learn more...
Feb. 10
Building equity and confronting climate change frame Executive Constantine’s second-term agenda
Building equity and opportunity and confronting climate change are the great generational challenges of our time, and the framework for King County Executive Dow Constantine’s agenda for his second term in office.   Learn more...
Feb. 2
Executive Constantine celebrates our Seahawks: Super Bowl Champions!
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Jan. 28
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of armed robbery suspect in Tukwila
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of D’Angelo Davis by Tukwila police on December 7, 2013.  Learn more...
Jan. 21
Executive thanks County Council for confirming new Community and Human Services Director
Executive thanks County Council for confirming new Community and Human Services Director  Learn more...
Jan. 16
King County jail director to take new position at County
Claudia Balducci named last week as Mayor of Bellevue  Learn more...
Jan. 16
King County Civil Rights Commission honors MLK essay contest winners
Three local 8th graders take top awards in 15th annual competition  Learn more...
Jan. 14
King County voters could see April ballot measure to save Metro bus service and address backlog of road maintenance
In the absence of action by the Legislature on a statewide transportation package with local funding authority, regional leaders today united in support of a specific ballot measure that would give King County voters a chance to save Metro bus service and address the backlog of road and street maintenance in the cities and County.  Learn more...
Jan. 4
Executive Constantine on decision by Machinists to secure Boeing 777X for the region
Executive Constantine on decision by Machinists to secure Boeing 777X for the region  Learn more...
Dec. 23
Accomplishments of first term set the stage for future reforms
After re-election by the largest margin of victory ever in a race for the County’s top office, King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined the accomplishments of the past year, and the past four years, that provide the foundation for the work that lies ahead.  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Second group of military veterans graduates from King County HERO Program
Six-month paid internships help participants gain valuable civilian career skills   Learn more...
Dec. 19
National award to King County for making it easier for small firms to do business with the county
Procurement Reform Initiative recognized by American City & County Magazine  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Biographies of HERO Program graduates
Military veterans held six-month internships with King County  Learn more...
Dec. 19
Disappointment at continued inaction on state transportation funding
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued this statement regarding last night’s announcement that there will be no special session on state transportation:  Learn more...
Dec. 12
As state climate debate heats up, local governments call for action to cool down
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayors from the cities of Mercer Island, Kirkland, Issaquah, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Sammamish, Seattle, and Tukwila have issued a joint letter calling for bold state action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Learn more...
Dec. 12
Rapid Re-housing pilot launched to help homeless families
A new pilot program will move as many as 350 homeless families in King County into rental housing by December 31, 2014 and provide a range of short duration support services to help those families achieve stability. A total of just over $3.1 million will be dedicated to the pilot over the course of the next year.   Learn more...
Dec. 6
Business still booming one year after voter approval of marriage equality
Marriage license applications at King County Recorder's Office up 33% since law allowing same-sex couples to wed took effect  Learn more...
Dec. 3
King County selected as founding member of Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
National public-private partnership will promote social, environmental, and economic sustainability in procuring goods and services  Learn more...
Nov. 21
Balanced statewide package still first choice, but King County will move on “Plan B” if needed for saving Metro buses and local roads
A balanced statewide transportation package, with local options for funding Metro Transit and roads in the cities and unincorporated areas, remains King County’s first choice.  Learn more...
Nov. 19
Mark Putnam named new director of Committee to End Homelessness in King County
Putnam has extensive experience working with government, philanthropy, providers and people experiencing homelessness to develop and implement effective strategies to move people out of poverty and homelessness through stable housing, health care, education and employment.   Learn more...
Nov. 12
Executive thanks County Council for swift action on 2014 King County Budget
“I’d like to thank the Metropolitan King County Council for the collaborative and open process that led to final adoption of this budget..."  Learn more...
Nov. 12
Washington Business Alliance "Good Government Check" lauds Kling County executive leadership and managers for implementing modern business practices
Strong executive leadership and managers eager to implement modern business practices are helping King County continuously improve government services. That's the finding from the "Good Government Check" report by the Washington Business Alliance.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on Boeing 777X assembly and need for transportation package
King County Executive Dow Constantine praised the Governor's call for a special session of the Legislature to begin Thursday, November 7  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on voter approval of King County EMS/Medic One Levy
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the approval of the Emergency Medical Services/Medic One Levy.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine on approval of charter amendment regarding system of public defense
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the approval of King County Charter Amendment One.  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Dow Constantine thanks voters for re-election by the largest margin of victory ever in a race for King County Executive
Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on his re-election by the largest margin ever recorded in a race for King County Executive. The largest previous margin of victory was in 1997, when Ron Sims took 65.5 percent of the vote:  Learn more...
Nov. 5
Executive Constantine congratulates Ed Murray on his likely victory in race for Seattle Mayor
King County Executive Dow Constantine tonight made the following statement on the likely victory of Ed Murray in the race for Mayor of Seattle.  Learn more...
Nov. 4
King County Executive applauds state funding of $1.6 million to expand services for mentally ill
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced receipt of $1.6 million in new state funding to expand intensive mental health and crisis response services for individuals at risk of psychiatric hospitalizations.   Learn more...
Nov. 1
King County cuts ribbon on renovation of Maleng Regional Justice Center
King County Executive Dow Constantine and District Court Judge Corinna Harn formally open newly-renovated space at Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. The renovations are expected to qualify for LEED Platinum green building certification.  Learn more...
Oct. 28
Inquest ordered into fatal police shooting of gunman at Capitol Hill condominium
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of Joel Reuter by Seattle police on July 5, 2013  Learn more...
Oct. 25
State Supreme Court affirms King County’s use of wastewater ratepayer funds
The Washington State Supreme Court has upheld King County’s use of ratepayer funds to site the Brightwater Treatment Plant and pay for other environmental programs.  Learn more...
Oct. 25
Public invited to direct priorities for King County government
The Strategic Plan will be refreshed in 2014, and right now a robust public engagement effort is underway to gather input from people that will help to guide the County’s priorities over the next five years.  Learn more...
Oct. 20
King County Executive mourns the passing of former University of Washington football coach Don James
King County Executive Dow Constantine today mourned the passing of former University of Washington football coach Don James, known as the "Dawgfather"  Learn more...
Oct. 18
King County Executive mourns the passing of former House Speaker Tom Foley
King County Executive Dow Constantine today mourned the passing of former Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Foley.  Learn more...
Oct. 9
King County Executive rips federal shutdown for halt to essential nutrition programs
Advance layoff notices were sent this morning to 82 King County employees who provide essential nutrition services for Women, Infants and Children, as a consequence of the continuing federal shutdown.  Learn more...
Oct. 4
Executive Constantine enhances local services for unincorporated areas in 2014 proposed budget
King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed a 2014 Budget that enhances funding for a range of local services for residents of unincorporated King County – including public safety, parks, and the environment.  Learn more...
Oct. 3
Renton volunteers honored with Executive's Award for Community Preparedness
Renton Emergency Communication Service praised for emergency readiness and response  Learn more...
Oct. 3
New report reveals progress in integrating Equity and Social Justice into delivery of King County services
While disparities of place, race and income still exist, King County has made significant progress toward creating a more inclusive and prosperous place for all by considering equity and social justice in the decisions that guide delivery of County services, according to a new report released today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.   Learn more...
Oct. 1
Second half of 2013 property taxes due October 31
King County offers secure and convenient online payment system  Learn more...
Oct. 1
Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine celebrate opening of enrollment in Washington’s Health Exchange at Carolyn Downs Family Clinic
Today, Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine met some of the first people to get in line for health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.  Learn more...
Sept. 25
King County Executive presents third-annual countywide Small Business Awards
High-energy event honors hard-working business owners who create local jobs and contribute to our regional economy  Learn more...
Sept. 23
Executive Constantine’s 2014 proposed budget builds on four years of reforms and efficiencies
Building upon reforms put in place over the past four years, King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a balanced 2014 Budget with no new taxes that sustains essential functions and restores some critical services lost in the recession.  Learn more...
Sept. 20
King County seeks public input for next Strategic Plan
King County government would like to invite all 2 million people in the region to visit www.OneKingCounty.info to provide input on the next iteration of the Strategic Plan, which will shape the future of county government over the next five years.  Learn more...
Sept. 19
Executive’s budget proposes Regional Veterans Initiative to connect veterans and families with needed services
Four of every ten veterans say they have little or no knowledge of the benefits they have earned, or how to access them. King County Executive Dow Constantine today said his 2014/2015 County budget will call for support of a King County Veterans Service Network – to embark on the first-ever comprehensive mapping of the labyrinth of federal, state and local services for veterans.  Learn more...
Sept. 18
Executive Constantine calls for reopening of Maple Valley sheriff's precinct
Proposed budget also restores funding for four uniformed officers  Learn more...
Sept. 16
Seattle and King County Councils approve historic growth-management partnership
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests will receive protection from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and approved today by both the City and the County Councils.  Learn more...
Sept. 13
Executive Constantine names Adrienne Quinn to lead King County Department of Community and Human Services
Jackie MacLean stepping down after leading the department for more than a decade  Learn more...
Sept. 11
Executive Constantine launches "Resilient King County"
Initiative seeks to develop long-term disaster recovery strategy, based on lessons learned from previous catastrophes  Learn more...
Sept. 9
Executive congratulates Tana Senn on appointment to 41st District House of Representatives
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on today's unanimous King County Council appointment of Mercer Island City Councilmember Tana Senn to the vacant 41st District seat in the state House of Representatives  Learn more...
Sept. 5
District Court consolidates, restructures services in south King County
Newly-remodeled court area at Maleng Regional Justice Center opens September 9, temporary Renton location closes September 6  Learn more...
Sept. 3
Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine discuss transportation
Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine to discuss transportation  Learn more...
Sept. 3
Finalists announced for the Third Annual Executive’s Small Business Awards
The awards program recognizes small businesses throughout King County that best demonstrate innovation and excellence. The nominees are:   Learn more...
Aug. 29
King County Executive on Federal Government Decision to Allow Marijuana Legalization
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the Justice Department that the United States government will not seek to stop Washington from implementing I-502.  Learn more...
Aug. 28
In county named after Dr. King, the dream lives on fifty years later
Courthouse artwork that depicts the March on Washington is at center of County’s golden anniversary tribute to "I Have a Dream" speech  Learn more...
Aug. 12
Press Conference regarding Aug 12 shooting in downtown Seattle
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Aug. 7
Executive thanks voters for approval of King County Parks Levy
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented this morning on the initial ballot count in the August primary.  Learn more...
Aug. 2
King County Civil Rights Commission seeks new members
Three positions open for three-year terms  Learn more...
July 31
Executive Constantine on scope of environmental review for Bellingham coal export terminal
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on today’s announcement by Whatcom County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) on the scope of the environmental review they will conduct on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal export facility near Bellingham.  Learn more...
July 15
King County Executive Dow Constantine mourns passing of community leader Kip Tokuda
Former state legislator passed away Saturday of heart attack while fishing on Whidbey Island  Learn more...
July 8
County Executive proposes strengthening “farm-to-city connection” with Seattle
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle  Learn more...
July 2
Inquest ordered into fatal Bellevue Police shooting in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood
King County Executive Dow Constantine today ordered an inquest into the fatal police shooting of Russell L. Smith on March 22, 2013.  Learn more...
July 1
King County Executive Dow Constantine on the State Senate’s Inability to Deliver Transportation Solutions
Refusal to act ensures more congestion, road and bridge failures, and cuts to transit service.  Learn more...
June 27
King County Executive Dow Constantine on Today’s State Legislature House of Representatives vote on Transportation
Metro ridership is soaring and our roads are in desperate need of maintenance and repair.  Learn more...
June 26
King County Executive Dow Constantine on Today’s Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
I am pleased and proud that the Supreme Court has officially recognized the civil rights of same-sex couples, rights that Washington State voters embraced last year.   Learn more...
June 24
King County honors first group of HERO Program graduates
Military veteran interns learned valuable civilian career skills in six-month "tours of duty" with King County agencies  Learn more...
June 24
HERO Program Veteran Intern Biographies
Military veteran interns learned valuable civilian career skills in six-month "tours of duty" with King County agencies  Learn more...
June 20
King County Community Service Center relocating to Issaquah
Sammamish location will close June 27; new facility opens July 10  Learn more...
June 18
Maker of aerospace composites announces plan to expand in South King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined with an international aerospace manufacturer to announce the firm’s plans to expand its manufacturing capacity in South King County.  Learn more...
June 10
Executive thanks Governor for Smart Communities award recognizing completion of wall against sprawl
King County’s success in permanently protecting from development 43,000 acres of the White River Forest east of Enumclaw – essentially completing a “green wall against sprawl” – today earned the County a Smart Communities Award from Governor Jay Inslee.  Learn more...
June 3
Executive congratulates John Lovick on appointment as Snohomish County Executive
Snohomish County Sheriff appointed to fill vacancy  Learn more...
May 31
New King County Community Service Center opens in Shoreline June 7
Location inside District Court building will serve several communities in north King County  Learn more...
May 24
Executive Constantine on need to invest in infrastructure
Executive Constantine on need to invest in infrastructure  Learn more...
May 23
Executive Constantine on I-5 bridge collapse at Skagit River
Executive Constantine on I-5 bridge collapse at Skagit River  Learn more...
May 23
Executive mourns passing of King County Sheriff’s deputy Martin Duran
Officer died in off-duty accident  Learn more...
May 15
Executive Constantine on decision of NBA Board of Governors
"Today’s NBA vote is disappointing. I’ve gotten to know Chris Hansen and he’s a patient, determined man who is in it for the long run."  Learn more...
May 10
Executive Constantine reacts to latest investment by Hansen group
King County Executive Dow Constantine commented on this afternoon’s news that Chris Hansen and his investor group are committing $75 million additional dollars to their purchase proposal.  Learn more...
May 8
Executive Constantine and The Trust for Public Land announce plan to protect Squak Mountain
King County Executive Dow Constantine and The Trust for Public Land today announced the signing of a conditional agreement that seeks to purchase 216 acres of land on Squak Mountain near Issaquah.  Learn more...
May 2
Executive congratulates Susan Amini on her appointment to King County Superior Court
Gov. Inslee appoints judge to King County Superior Court position  Learn more...
May 1
King County to rename trails in honor of legendary climber Jim Whittaker and climbing partner Nawang Gombu
Executive Constantine makes announcement on 50th anniversary of Whittaker’s Mt. Everest climb; new signage to be unveiled  Learn more...
April 30
King County Executive and partners announce nomination period for third-annual Executive’s Small Business Awards
King County Executive Dow Constantine today celebrated the beginning of the nomination period for the 2013 Executive’s Small Business Awards at the West Seattle location of last year’s winner, Easy Street Records.  Learn more...
April 29
Executive Constantine on recommendation by NBA committee to deny the sale of franchise to Hansen group
I’m disappointed, but undeterred in our quest to bring NBA basketball back to the Pacific Northwest.   Learn more...
April 26
Executive Constantine thanks Julia Patterson for her public service
"I thank Julia Patterson for her commitment to public service, and I wish her all the best."  Learn more...
April 22
King County honors 12 environmental
This Earth Day, King County honored a dozen of the leading businesses, organizations and individuals for their commitment to protecting the natural environment, teaching environmental stewardship in their community, or advocating for preservation and conservation.   Learn more...

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