205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Kittitas County is committed to complying fully with the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensuring equal opportunity in employment for
qualified persons with disabilities. All employment practices and activities
are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis.
"Reasonable accommodation" means modification or adjustment to a job, work
environment, work process, employment policies, training, benefits, employer
sponsored activities, or the pre-employment process that does not impose an
undue hardship on the department's operation and that enables a:
"Person with a disability" means a person:
"Selected candidate" means that person whom management, following the
necessary and required recruitment and selection process, has extended a
conditional offer of employment.
"Undue hardship" means, as defined by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
unduly costly, extensive, substantial, or disruptive, or that would
fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business; and as also
defined in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Kittitas County will provide reasonable accommodation for persons of
disability and ensure against discrimination because of a person's
disability. Kittitas County encourages candidates and employees with
disabilities to request accommodations, when needed, for testing;
recruitment; the interview process; or to enjoy the benefits and privileges
The County shall provide reasonable accommodations for candidates and
employees with a disability so they may enjoy the benefits, rights, and
privileges of equal employment opportunities afforded to other candidates
and employees consistent with applicable laws and regulations governing
The need for a reasonable accommodation shall not adversely affect a person's
consideration for employment or opportunity to enjoy the benefits and
privileges of employment.
Equal access to benefits and privileges in employment shall be provided to
persons with disabilities. This applies to work stations, training and
training facilities, employer sponsored activities, information exchange, as
well as normal support facilities.
Kittitas County shall include information on reasonable accommodation in the
Employee Orientation Program and in training as appropriate.
Upon determining that a reasonable accommodation may be necessary, Human
Resource Department staff shall consult with the candidate or employee.
When an employee cannot be accommodated in the employee's current position
and a vacant position exists elsewhere, the Department Head/Elected Official
shall consider, on a priority basis, the employee:
The County will not be able to make an accommodation that would impose an
undue hardship on the operation of the business. Each accommodation request
will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and every effort will be made to
comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In recruitment, testing, or interviewing, the department shall take
reasonable steps to accommodate the known disability of a candidate.
Consult the ADA Coordinator (Human Resources Director) concerning the
accommodation of applicants/selected candidates and for employee
The Coordinator shall retain a copy of the request and route the form to the
Department Head/Elected Official responsible for the activity or event for
which the request is made. The Department Head/Elected Official will make
every effort to provide reasonable accommodation. Upon resolution, the
Department Head/Elected Official will note on the form when and how the
accommodation was fulfilled. The form will then be initialized and returned
to the ADA Coordinator, who will notify the individual requesting
If, in the opinion of the Department Head/Elected Official, the request
cannot be fulfilled, the ADA Coordinator will be advised and alternatives
Determine the reasonableness of accommodation on a case by case basis. To
help determine if an accommodation is reasonable, the following will be
Staff involved in processing reasonable accommodation shall:
A person seeking a reasonable accommodation shall cooperate and assist
management in obtaining the necessary documentation, which may include
signing a release of information for purposes of corresponding with
attending physician/licensed mental health professional.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.