Fred Jarrett

Currently enjoying retirement after of public service and a long career, Fred’s been an active participant our region’s political life for over five decades. Most recently, Fred lead the executive branch of King County government, the King County Executive Leadership Team and the Executive’s Best Run Government Initiative. Previously a state senator, he served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor and as a city council and school board member. Mr. Jarrett has also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company.

How to Make Governments Better Deliver Services

Our current system of budgeting public services is ridiculous. It takes too long and it focuses on spending levels not the quality of the deliverables.

Too Many, Too Much: King County Has More Government than it Needs

We fondly think electing office holders is an effective method for holding governments accountable, but it isn't.

How To Fix our Citizen Governance

The city-manager system would help at the local level, and an alternate-weekends model would be an improvement for the Legislature.

How, 50 Years Ago, Washington Citizens Rose Up to Enact Stiff Public Disclosure Laws

The law, strengthened and passed by voters' initiative, required disclosure of sources of campaign contributions along with reports of how the money was spent. It mandated reporting of personal financial interests by candidates, elected officials, and certain appointees. It also regulated lobbying and required reporting of the money lobbyists spend to influence legislation.

Where’s the Cheapest Healthcare in Washington?

The importance of this new information can’t be understated.  For too long, it’s been held murkily in silos within the industry. 

How Boeing went from “Making 20th Century Cathedrals” to being Driven by the Bottom Line

If airplanes are complex, so are human relationships.  The 787 program outsourced chunks of the 787 to “partners,” thereby rupturing much of the web of relationships central to the culture of safety.

Mercer Island: The Partisanization of a Local Government

In dealing with stormwater issues, Mercer Island proved Winston Churchill right about Americans: We’ll always do the right thing – after we’d tried everything else.

The Key to Getting Better Health Insurance

Transparency is the first step towards accountability and that is a key component of improvement. Otherwise, how can you tell when improvements are made?

What Should Social Media Companies Have to Disclose About Political Ads?

Facebook and Google chose to withdraw from the market and instituted self-imposed political ad bans in Washington. Those bans have effectively shut out campaigns from advertising on the platforms and led to widespread confusion a bout the law. And the fact that the companies allow some campaigns to still advertise presents its own challenges to a transparent and level playing field.

Your Health Care Providers Compared [UPDATED]

They say you can’t improve what you don’t measure and along that line, we’re proud to announce that the Alliance’s 14th Community Checkup report is being released today, with results for 1,978 clinics, 327 medical groups, 106 hospitals, and 16 health plans for claims from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.