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New & Interesting

Honorary Rotary Member
Sheriff John Snaza recently was presented with an honorary membership in the Gateway Rotary Club.
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Citizen Volunteers Needed!
Your Sheriff's Office is seeking citizens to volunteer in our community.
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Recruiting - Civil Service
The Thurston County Civil Service Commission is recruiting to establish eligibility lists for entry and lateral level Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Deputy. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office anticipates hiring a number of positions throughout 2012. Eligibility lists of qualified candidates are maintained to fill openings as they become available.
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Sheriff John Snaza

Sheriff's Statement on Gun Control

A Message from Sheriff John Snaza

As Sheriff of Thurston County, Washington State's Capital County, I welcome you to our web site. This site was created to provide an introduction to the important information to assist with ensuring the public safety for the people we serve. Our goal is to assist you with providing information about public safety issues that have an impact upon the quality of life in Thurston County and the service our agency provides. Many of the public safety issues have a far broader geographical range than just Thurston County, so we hope our web site will also serve as a resource to other information links to keep you informed.

The service we provide the people of Thurston County would not be possible without the 206 employees dedication to duty and their commitment to strong core values to respect all people.

We believe in innovation, transparency, and being good stewards of our public funds, people, time, and physical assets. As an example, we are transitioning to a new patrol schedule (using a stronger staffing model), and rotation for our investigative staff to provide more responsive service. We have added an additional six deputies to the patrol by realigning staff and hiring two deputies.

I believe effective leadership is vitally important for accountability to providing quality service to ensure public safety. With this in mind, the ongoing development of all my staff at every level is a priority to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. We have implemented leadership team meetings to help identify the day-to-day operational needs of the entire agency, making critical decisions to improve public service, and monitoring every aspect of the agency based on performance, crime, budget, and leadership.

We are dedicated to being a strong partner and public service leader in Thurston County and in Washington State. As we work towards another year of success in 2012, we are committed to working with the Board of County Commissioners; to find a resolution with the Accountability Restitution Center (ARC), facility management of our equipment and resources to include improving technology and records management, advancing our volunteer programs, and personnel development.

The men and women of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office are committed to protecting your families, friends, and children. We all believe "People First ~ Public Safety Always".

Serving you, John D. Snaza, Sheriff


"Committed to excellence through pride, professionalism and accountability in order to provide dedicated public service to our community."



"In partnership with our citizens, we are committed to protecting life, property and individual rights while providing professional and ethical service to our community."