Department Profile  


The Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department is located in Olympia, Washington.  The Department is governed by the Board of Health and Board of County Commissioners.
  • The mission of the Department is to make a positive, significant and measurable difference in the environmental, physical and mental health, safety and well being of our community.


The Department is funded from a variety of local, state and federal sources. Programs and services are operated to promote and protect the public's health.


The Department is organized into sections:

Management Team

The Department's daily operation is overseen by a team of individuals:
  • Dr. Rachel Wood ~ Health Officer
  • Don Sloma ~ Department Director
  • Patti Swanson ~ Administrative Services Manager
  • Chris Hawkins ~ Community Engagement, Evidence and Partnerships Manager
  • Deborah Allen ~ Disease Control and Prevention Manager
  • Art Starry ~ Environmental Health Manager
  • Joy Miller ~ Fiscal Manager
  • Gary Aden ~ Housing and Community Renewal Manager
  • Mark Freedman ~ Social Services Manager
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  • Patti Swanson at 360-867-2505 or Email
This page last updated: 05/29/15