(Editor’s note: King County Metro General Manager Terry White shared this Thanksgiving message with Metro employees.)

Dear colleagues,

As Thanksgiving approaches and we look forward to spending time with our loved ones, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible work you do as part of our Metro family.

I know that we have faced many challenges this last year and I want to recognize the effort, care, and intention you bring to your work each day. It is because of you that we can provide connection and deliver love to families around Puget Sound during a time when many have been lacking those connections due to the pandemic.

I am also grateful that justice was served today. All three defendants were found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. It does not bring Ahmaud back, but I hope it brings some peace to his family and restores hope in our justice system.

The work for racial and social justice is often challenging and heartbreaking – but I am grateful for the progress we are making and will continue to make. As we are doing the work externally to benefit the region, we are also doing the work internally to create a workplace where all are welcome and all have the opportunity to thrive.

Thank you for all that you do.

I wish you and your family and loved ones a joyful Thanksgiving.

I appreciate you,

Terry White
General Manager