KCD Welcomes Changes to Board Elections

King Conservation District is excited by increased interest in special purpose districts and applauds the recent recommendations from the King County Council’s Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

We believe that the more participation and input we have in our work, the better we are able to serve our community.

KCD holds an election for one of our three elected board seats each year (2 of our board members are appointed by the Washington Conservation Commission).

These elections are conducted in accordance with state statute RCW 89.08 and are certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

We have long advocated for changes that would increase awareness and participation in our board elections and are hopeful that this moment will catalyze action.

King Conservation District is proactively engaging with King County Elections to find cost-effective solutions to improve our elections process and participation in 2020.

We hope to continue this partnership to build momentum at the state level to identify legislative solutions that will continue to reduce barriers and increase participation in our annual election.

KCD takes seriously our responsibility to steward public resources wisely and has robust oversight of our work. We are governed by an elected five-person volunteer board that meets monthly in an open public meeting. Along with our Board of Supervisors, KCD and our work are guided by an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from cities across King County, local landowners, and partner organizations, which also meets monthly. These stakeholders help direct KCD’s program of work and hold us accountable to our commitments.

Each year, we produce a full annual report that is presented to the Municipal King County Council and our financial statements are audited by the Washington State Auditor’s Office annually.

The voters in King County can be confident in our oversight and in our effective use of financial resources.

Bea Covington
King Conservation District Executive Director

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