Decision Maker Response

Councilmember Joe McDermott’s response

Councilmember Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember and Chair of King County Board of Health

Oct 7, 2013 — Thank you for your interest in Public Health’s restaurant and food programs.

I agree that our Food Program’s rating system should be more understandable and accessible to King County residents. You’ll be happy to know that work to update the Seattle-King County Public Health’s Food Program was already underway when the petition was started. The Program is developing recommendations on how to improve our system, with assistance from a consultant. The consultant is currently gathering important information by conducting staff and stakeholder surveys, participating in ride-alongs with field staff and evaluating the Department’s policies and procedures. The consultant will examine the possibility of letter grades and how to make restaurant inspections more easily accessible to the public. The Department expects recommendations by December 31st, 2013. I am hopeful these recommendations will be substantive. I can assure you the goal of King County government is to protect the health of our residents and be transparent in our work.

Again, thank you for your interest.


Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember, District 8
Chair, King County Board of Health