State and local officials announce new recommendations to reduce risk of spread of COVID-19

Note: The following is a news release from Public Health – Seattle & King County:

State and local health officials announced new guidance to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. While all residents can take steps now, people with underlying health conditions are urged to pay special attention to recommendations to avoid large gatherings of people. Public Health – Seattle & King County also announced on Wednesday ten additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, including one death. This brings the total of confirmed cases to 31, including nine deaths.

Dr. Jeff Duchin with Public Health - Seattle & King County speaks to reporters during a press conference on the latest news involving COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, on March 4, 2020 in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin with Public Health – Seattle & King County speaks to reporters during a press conference on the latest news involving COVID-19, known commonly as the coronavirus.
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Roads crews able to reopen NE Ames Lake Road following slide

 

Triggered by heavy rain and saturated soil, the ground under NE Ames Lake Road gave way, forcing its closure. Crews were able to remove enough debris from a nearby creek to put it back on course, which allowed them to make emergency repairs and reopen the road.
The ground under NE Ames Lake Road that gave way during this month’s heavy rains.

Road Services crews were busy over the long Presidents’ Day weekend this month.

One of its major accomplishments was reopening NE Ames Lake Road at State Route 202. The road closed nearly three weeks ago when sections of land under the road gave way due to slide damage in the valley directly below the road. Continue reading Roads crews able to reopen NE Ames Lake Road following slide

Adult Beverage Ordinance sets rules for businesses

Pictured is a stock photograph of a someone pouring red wine into a glass at a tasting room.

King County’s Adult Beverage Ordinance 19030 went into effect on Jan. 3, 2020.

This ordinance updates development regulations related to all adult beverage businesses—including wineries, breweries, distilleries, and remote tasting rooms—in unincorporated King County.

This ordinance will help King County prepare for and support the future evolution of the adult beverage industry in the region. It better implements and complies with the policies of King County’s Comprehensive Plan, Growth Management Act, and countywide planning policies. Continue reading Adult Beverage Ordinance sets rules for businesses

Roads lends hand during Skykomish snow emergency

This month’s wintry weather hit the Skykomish area especially hard.

Dozens of downed trees caught in power lines closed roads and knocked out electricity throughout Skykomish and Baring, making it hazardous to even plow the roads.

Despite that, our Road Services Division crews were able to help the community as they waited for the green light to begin making side roads accessible: Continue reading Roads lends hand during Skykomish snow emergency

Brater named ‘County Engineer of the Year’

Road Services Director Rick Brater holds his "County Road Engineer of the Year" plaque.
Road Services Director Rick Brater with his “County Engineer of the Year” plaque.

Road Services Division Director Rick Brater has been named the Washington State County Road Administration Board’s “County Engineer of the Year.”

He received the award at the Board’s Summer Conference in June.

Nominated by King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Brater was recognized as a strong manager and leader who is responsible for a regional transportation system of 1,500 miles of roads and 182 bridges, and a staff of 400 people, including six maintenance divisions.

Brater, whom the Metropolitan King County Council appointed Director of Local Services’ Road Services Division in March and who has been with King County more than 17 years, was recognized in several areas: Continue reading Brater named ‘County Engineer of the Year’

Mark Rowe is the new Deputy Director for King County Local Services Permitting Division

 

 

Pictured in his Snoqualmie office is Permitting Division Deputy Director Mark Rowe
Permitting Division Deputy Director Mark Rowe

Recently, King County Local Services Permitting Division welcomed Mark Rowe as its new Deputy Director.

It’s somewhat of a homecoming for Rowe, who had two prior stints with the county. He first spent six years as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist for Public Health-Seattle & King County before joining AT&T Broadband, where he managed the teams that established high-speed data and voice networks in the state. In 2003, he rejoined Public Health as Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness, then as Food Protection and Water Recreation Facilities Section Manager.

Most recently, Rowe served in senior leadership roles with Amazon.com Corporate. First as a global Food Safety Senior Manager for Amazon Fresh, Prime Now and Treasure Truck, then as a Senior Food Safety Manager for Retail and Operations Integration. Continue reading Mark Rowe is the new Deputy Director for King County Local Services Permitting Division

Daw to manage external relations for Department of Local Services

King County Local Services External Relations Manager David Daw
King County Local Services External Relations Manager David Daw

David Daw has joined the Department of Local Services, where he will lead the new department’s efforts to engage and collaborate with King County’s unincorporated communities.

A Seattle native, David attended Evergreen State College in Olympia and studied economic development abroad in both Central America and Africa. After earning a bachelor’s degree focused on public administration and intercultural communication, he returned to Seattle. With a friend, he co-founded The Initiative Newspaper, which ran stories about positive community action and provided resources and information about the local African-American community. Continue reading Daw to manage external relations for Department of Local Services

Human Resources managers join Road Services and Permitting divisions

As it enters its fourth month, King County’s new Department of Local Services is continuing to fill key positions. Two Human Resources managers were recently named to support the new department’s most important asset—its people.

Brittany Hagen Crosser, HR Manager I for the King County Local Services Road Services Division
Brittany Hagen Crosser

As of April 1, Brittany Hagen Crosser is the new HR Manager I for the Road Services Division. Brittany began her King County career in the former Human Resources Division in 2006, and most recently served that same agency (now also a new department) as a Project Program Manager III. For the last two years she has managed new employee orientations, helping new hires get a good start in their King County careers. She has experience in operations management, labor relations, continuous improvement, and business intelligence. Brittany is looking forward to this new chapter in her career.

“I love people and public service,” she said. “I think government should have all the benefits of the private sector in terms of creativity, innovation, and awesome staff. Every department and division in King County is unique, with its own set of HR challenges, and I look forward to learning and addressing these with the leadership of Road Services.” Continue reading Human Resources managers join Road Services and Permitting divisions

Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager looks forward to helping businesses succeed in unincorporated King County

Hugo Garcia, King County Local Services' first Economic Development Program Manager, stands next to a map of King County.
Hugo Garcia, King County Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager

One of our goals at King County Local Services is to help our unincorporated communities thrive. This week, we took a big step in that direction as Hugo Garcia, our first Economic Development Program Manager, joined our team.

Hugo brings nearly 15 years of economic development experience, serving both rural and urban communities. He’s worked directly with small businesses during prosperous and tough economic times, and understands the dedication required to run a local business. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he immigrated to Seattle with his family in 1988. His father ran a restaurant here for years, which allowed Hugo to see first-hand the kinds of challenges small businesses face just to keep their doors open. Continue reading Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager looks forward to helping businesses succeed in unincorporated King County

Rick Brater confirmed as Director of Road Services Division

Road Services Division Director Rick Brater
Road Services Division Director Rick Brater. King County photo by Ned Ahrens.

The Metropolitan King County Council yesterday unanimously approved Rick Brater’s appointment to the Director of the Road Services Division, in which he has served on an interim basis since October 2018.

The Road Services Division operates as part of the county’s new Department of Local Services. Brater will continue to lead an agency that maintains 1,500 miles of roadway and 182 bridges in unincorporated King County. Road Services has nearly 400 employees and six maintenance divisions. Continue reading Rick Brater confirmed as Director of Road Services Division