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Kurt Triplett, Former King County Executive

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Kurt Triplett, King County Executive

About Kurt Triplett

Kurt Triplett took office after former Executive Ron Sims was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Triplett was formerly Sims Chief of Staff and held the Executive position for nine months. Triplett's 9 for 9 in 2009 priorities were all accomplished when current Executive Dow Constantine took office on Nov. 24, 2009. Triplett's complete biography is available.


Executive Triplett's "9 for 9 in 2009" plan achieved

These are priorities Executive Triplett completed during his nine month term.

Priority Status
1 Transmit balanced budget using state tools while preserving our AAA credit rating. Executive Triplett proposed parks closures and preliminary budget cuts to assist in balancing the budget. Triplett delivered his proposed budget to the King County Council on Sept. 28. On Nov. 18, the County was awarded a AAA bond rating from three major credit agencies who cited excellent financial management, willingness to make politically tough but necessary budget adjustments, and low to moderate debt levels as the keys to earning the high rating for the fifth straight year.
2 Transmit Metro Transit solution that closes the gap and is supported by the region. Executive Triplett proposed fixes for the Metro budget deficit that preserves critical services and shares impacts region wide in his nine -point plan. Learn how Metro is impacted in the Executive 2010 proposed budget.
3 Prepare King County government and the region for Green River flood. In progress. Executive Triplett has directed efforts to prepare the county and region for potential flooding related to abutment damage at the Howard Hanson Dam and the risks associated with the structure until it is repaired. Learn how to prepare for possible floods and see an overview of communication and outreach efforts. Watch or read a presentation made to King County Council. On Sept. 10, King County declared a pre-emptive emergency in preparation for potential Green River flooding. Read the press release and the proclamation (PDF). Triplett also proposed $40 million to shore up Green River levees.
4 Prepare King County and the region for the potential return of the Swine Flu. Completed. H1N1 resolution was transmitted to Council as well as the H1N1 proviso response. Learn more about flu preparedness.
5 Complete draft of Countywide Strategic Plan. Learn more about the Countywide Strategic Plan or read and comment on the draft plan which was released on Nov. 10.


6 Extend Jail contracts with cities. King County and cities reach tentative agreement extending jail services contract through 2015 to provide three more years of service, additional jail beds for cities and cost recovery for King County based on services provided. Learn more...
7 Acquire the BNSF Eastside Corridor along with regional partners. King County Executive Kurt Triplett and representatives of several local government agencies and private partners have signed an agreement to preserve the Eastside Rail Corridor and place it in public ownership. Read the Memorandum of Understanding, the BNSF letter and the BNSF ordinance.


8 Propose 2009 ballot measure for public health, public safety and human services. Dedicated King County tax for public health, human services and criminal justice proposed. Learn more...
9 Transition KC government to the next Executive. Complete.