King County Executive
Former Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to oversee detention at King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that former Seattle Police Chief John Diaz has been retained to lead the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention as the department transitions to a new director.
Executive Constantine at State of the County: ‘True North’ guides new model in Public Health, investments in transit and housing
At his annual State of the County speech today, King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled a new Public Health model to deliver maternity and nutrition services across the region. Executive Constantine also acknowledged Metro driver Eric Stark, and announced improvements to transit apps.
Executive Constantine thanks County Council for putting his plan to renew the King County Parks Levy on the Aug. 6 ballot
The King County Council today voted to put Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to renew the King County Parks Levy on the August ballot.
New on-demand shuttle service makes it more convenient than ever to take transit in southeast Seattle and Tukwila
Residents in southeast Seattle and Tukwila can use the Via app or call 206-258-7739 to hail a ride to and from five Link light rail stations where they can board a bus or a Link train. The yearlong pilot project is a partnership by King County Metro, Sound Transit and City of Seattle.
Executive Constantine names Seattle Councilmember Juarez to fill open seat on Sound Transit board
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the nomination of Seattle Councilmember Debora Juarez to fill the open Sound Transit board seat vacated by former Councilmember Rob Johnson. The term of the appointment expires at the end of the year.
Trailhead Direct returns with more routes connecting hikers to more trails
The transit-to-trails service co-led by King County Metro and King County Parks with additional funding from Seattle Department of Transportation and REI Co-op returns April 20 with more routes connecting convenient transit locations to popular trailheads.
New labor agreement builds on partnerships to deliver efficiencies and sensible total compensation package
King County has negotiated a two-year labor agreement with a coalition representing nearly half of King County’s 14,000 employees that delivers new efficiencies and sets total compensation for 2019-2020.
Offering childcare providers the support, tools, and research they need to help children thrive
Executive Constantine’s Best Starts for Kids levy is now providing childcare centers, in-home providers, and to informal family, friend, and neighbor caregivers with the latest research and best practices for health, safe environments.
With one year until Census Day 2020, Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Seattle Foundation announce first-ever $1 million Regional Census Fund
King County, City of Seattle, and Seattle Foundation have created a $1 million Regional Census Fund that will help community-based organizations conduct outreach to ensure a complete, accurate 2020 Census.
New King County enhanced shelter opens at West Wing
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the opening of a 40-bed men’s shelter in a former work-release space at the King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle. DESC will provide 24/7 on-site services and case management.
Executive Constantine on Metro driver who was shot in Lake City: 'Eric Stark demonstrated extraordinary heroism today'
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement after Metro Transit driver Eric Stark was shot while driving a Route 75 bus in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle.
King County awards Community Engagement Grants to support projects in unincorporated areas
Sixty 2019 Community Engagement Grants will provide matching funds to help residents build stronger and healthier communities.
All aboard through all doors: King County Metro to make boardings faster, more efficient on the nation’s busiest transit corridor
King County Metro will offer all-door boardings on all routes on Third Avenue in downtown Seattle starting March 23. It is one of several ways King County, City of Seattle, and Sound Transit will help commuters when buses transition out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.
King County wins organizational leadership award for government performance and continuous improvement
The Center for Accountability and Performance, affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration, awarded King County the CAP Organizational Leadership Award for 2019.
A growing alliance to plant one million trees throughout King County accelerates
A growing coalition of cities, nonprofits, schools, and volunteers led by King County has so far planted more than 700,000 trees, making progress toward Executive Dow Constantine’s initiative to plant one million trees throughout the region by the end of 2020.
New federal action will undermine women’s access to health care and gag health care providers from providing medical information
Women with lower incomes and teenagers of all backgrounds could have fewer options for accessing birth control and other family planning services because of a new federal policy impacting 18 public health and nonprofit clinics in King County.
Executive Constantine announces his plan renew the King County Parks Levy, connecting regional trails and improving access to parks, green space and recreation
Executive Constantine’s plan to renew the King County Parks Levy – which expires Dec. 31 – would expand and connect regional trails, improve access to green space and recreation, and keep the county’s parks and trails clean, safe, and open.
More Metro in March: Added service, all-door boarding on Third Avenue, and buses say goodbye to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel
In partnership with the City of Seattle, more trips will be added on key bus routes beginning March 23. Metro is encouraging riders to study new stop locations in downtown Seattle when 15 routes are redirected onto different city streets and all buses shift out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) in preparation for opening regional light rail extensions. To keep service moving more easily for customers, Metro is launching all-door boarding on Third Avenue.
King County Executive Constantine names Rachel Smith as Deputy Executive
King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed Rachel Smith to the post of Deputy Executive. Smith is the Executive’s Chief of Staff and has worked in the Executive Office since 2014.
VIDEO: Press briefing on emergency response to record-high snowfall in East King County
Executive Dow Constantine hosted a press briefing at the King County Emergency Coordination Center in Renton on the region's coordinated response to record-high snow levels in East King County.