King County Executive

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King County Executive
Dow Constantine (19090348039).jpg
Dow Constantine

since November 24, 2009
Metropolitan King County Council (unexpired terms)
Term length4 years
Inaugural holderJohn Spellman
Formation5 November 1968 (charter approved)
1 May 1969 (charter took effect)
Salary$248,148 (2021)
WebsiteKing County Executive

The King County Executive is the highest elected official representing the government of King County, Washington. The post was established with the implementation of the Home Rule Charter for King County on November 5, 1968.[1] Previously the powers of the county executive were vested in a three-member County Commission, which with the implementation of the Home Rule Charter in 1969 ceased to exist. The county executive is elected every four years and the office is nonpartisan.

The first county executive was John Spellman, from 1969 to 1981. The current executive is Dow Constantine, elected to replace Ron Sims since he resigned to become Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration on May 8, 2009.

List of executives[edit]

Order King County Executive Party[a] Took office Left office Terms Notes
1 JohnDSpellman.jpg John Spellman Republican May 1, 1969 January 14, 1981 3+ Resigned to serve as Governor of Washington
2 Ron Dunlap Republican January 14, 1981[b] November 18, 1981 <1
3 Randy Revelle 01.jpg Randy Revelle Democratic November 18, 1981 January 1, 1986 1
4 KCE Tim Hill.jpg Tim Hill Republican January 1, 1986 January 4, 1994 2
5 Gary Locke official portrait.jpg Gary Locke Democratic January 4, 1994 January 15, 1997 <1 Resigned to serve as Governor of Washington
6 Ron Sims official portrait.jpg Ron Sims Democratic January 15, 1997[b][c] May 8, 2009 2+ Resigned to serve as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
7 Kurt Triplett Democratic May 8, 2009[b] November 24, 2009 <1
8 Dow Constantine 02.jpg Dow Constantine Democratic November 24, 2009 Incumbent 4+


  1. ^ The office of King County Executive is elected on a non-partisan basis, the following is for informational purposes only.
  2. ^ a b c Appointed to serve out remainder of term
  3. ^ Subsequently elected to full four-year term

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