King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is excited to serve as chair in the new committee. Courtesy of King County.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert is excited to serve as chair in the new committee. Courtesy of King County.

Councilmember Kathy Lambert to chair new council committee

Lambert excited to serve as chair of Department of Local Services

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert will chair the new council committee focusing on unincorporated King County’s needs.

Lambert also will remain the vice chair of the Law and Justice Committee and Budget and Fiscal Management Committee and several other committees.

“I am excited for the opportunity to chair this new committee and work with the Department of Local Services to deliver high quality to the residents of unincorporated King County and make the ‘best run local government,’” Lambert said in a press release.

The Local Services, Regional Roads and Bridges Committee will work directly with the Department of Local Services as part of the council’s annual reorganization. The Department of Local Services launched at the beginning of the year and serves more than 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County, making unincorporated King County the second largest city in the state.

With the new department, unincorporated residents will have easier access to critical services like roads, clean water and access to opportunity, and managing land use planning.

According to the release, the Department of Local Services will focus on providing better services like maintaining county roads and bridges, issuing permits, and craft policies focused on unincorporated communities

Lambert will continue to serve as chair of the Regional Water Quality Committee, as a member on the council’s Committee of the Whole, the Mobility and Environment Committee, the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, and the Board of Health.

More in News

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline.
Study shows King County’s treatment funding is making progress

A document on the county’s .1 percent health sales tax was accepted Wednesday by the county council.

Captain Ron Mead, commander of the Washington State Patrol in King County, directs traffic on the top of Snoqualmie Pass. Photo courtesy of Trooper Rick Johnson.
Convoy leads Snoqualmie travelers to safety

Immense snowfall led to dicey conditions on the pass.

Russell Wilson and Ciara spoke Friday at the Tukwila Library to Foster students and other attendees as their Why Not You Foundation joined forces with the King County Library System and JPMorgan Chase to launch the DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible campaign. Photo by Kayse Angel
New teen campaign, DREAM BIG, kicked off Friday

Russell Wilson and Ciara were on hand to unveil limited edition library cards featuring the duo.

Bothell police recruits Amanda Rees and Dan Wiseman. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo
Police chiefs: More than a year to find, train new officers

HB1253 requires new hires complete basic training requirements within two months.

River stabilization project begins planning phase

The city of Snoqualmie has partnered with King County to install 400 feet of riverbank stabilization

Image by Google Maps.
Expanding culture, government

North Bend will do a cultural exchange with the town of Mestia in the European country of Georgia.

Children’s play area at Seadrunar. Photo by Lauren Davis via Facebook
Seedy side of Seadrunar: Drug rehab center accused of neglect, exploitation

Public records reveal that Seattle facility was accused of neglecting children and clients in its care.

Most Read