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File #: 2015-0442    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/2/2015 In control: Government Accountability and Oversight Committee
On agenda: Final action: 11/16/2015
Enactment date: 11/25/2015 Enactment #: 18165
Title: AN ORDINANCE establishing the King County Medal of Distinguished Service program to be awarded annually by members of the King County council.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Pete von Reichbauer, Reagan Dunn, Kathy Lambert, Larry Phillips, Larry Gossett
Indexes: Council
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18165.pdf, 2. 2015-0442_SR_MedalOfService.docx, 3. 2015-0442_ATT1_Proposed_Ordinance.doc
Staff: Zoppi, Leah
Drafter
Clerk 10/16/2015
Title
AN ORDINANCE establishing the King County Medal of Distinguished Service program to be awarded annually by members of the King County council.
Body
PREAMBLE:
On February 24, 1986, in Motion 6461, the council established "the historical basis for the 'renaming' of King County in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose contributions are well-documented and celebrated by millions throughout this nation and the world, and embody the attributes for which the citizens of King County can be proud."
On April 19, 2005, Governor Christine Gregoire signed Engrossed Senate Bill 5332, designating Dr. King as the person after whom King County is named.
On February 27, 2006, in Ordinance 15378, the council established the official symbol of King County to be the likeness of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The mission statement for King County government is to provide "fiscally responsible, quality-driven local and regional services for healthy, safe, and vibrant communities."
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a national hero, honored by the federal government and the governments of all fifty states with a holiday in his honor, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and an inspiring force in the struggle for human rights, civil liberties and economic opportunity.
Community volunteers embody the spirit of service exemplified by Dr. King in the contributions they make toward improving the human condition.
King County has acknowledged the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday is an important time for community service, recognizing it as "a day on, not a day off."
Volunteers contribute to the mission of King County government by providing services that advance the health, safety and vibrancy of communities within the county.
Within the communities of King County, more than thirty thousand people volunteered for United Way of King County in Fiscal Year 2014 and over four thousand volunteer hours are given t...

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