Chief Thoma joined the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Bureau, in September 1990 after working for the Washington State Department of Corrections. Prior to joining the field of Corrections, Chief Thoma served seven years in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Specialist. As a Corrections Officer with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), Chief Thoma worked in both the main facility and the Correctional Options Program. He joined the Department Defensive Tactics Team in 1991 and helped develop the annual in service training program and a number of specialized correctional tactics training programs.
In 1995, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Office Operations Division as a Patrol Deputy and later returned to the Corrections Bureau where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1996. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to various positions such as Shift Supervisor, Training/Inmate Services Lieutenant, and Administrative Lieutenant.
In August of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he provided oversight to; Jail Operations, Staff Training, Inmate Services and Programs, Inmate Medical, Court Security, Professional Standards, along with Facility Maintenance and Major Projects.
On July 1, 2007 Chief Thoma was appointed to his current position as Chief Deputy of Corrections where he oversees all aspects of current jail operations and budget along with the design and development of the Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC). He was re-appointed as Chief Deputy of Corrections by Sheriff John Snaza on January 1, 2011.
Chief Thoma is a graduate of the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission/Executive Leadership, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission/Middle Management, Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Corrections Officer’s Academy, and multiple past certifications in the areas of Defensive Tactics and Training.
During his off-duty time, Chief Thoma enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, working on projects around the house, fishing and he recently took up the sport of golf (which now interferes with his fishing).