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Thurston County is a vibrant community ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of generations to live, work and play.


To create a community that promotes health, commerce and environmental protection with transparency and accountability.

​Hot Topics and Events
Emergency Coordination Center Activated

​At 3:30 p.m. today Thurston County Emergency Management activated the Emergency Coordination Center to coordinate response to the wildfires burning near Rochester, WA.

The fires lines are currently holding while the Department of Natural Resources and local agency fire crews are responding with ground crews and air drops.   

Residents who can verify residency are now allowed back to their property.

Volunteers Wanted to Help Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

​The Washington State University Thurston County Extension and Thurston County Solid Waste division are recruiting for this year's Master Recycler Composter (MRC) class. Complete the online application at http://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/mc/. The last day to apply is September 12, at 5:00 p.m.

Long Lake Under Toxic Blue-Green Algae Advisory

The Thurston County Health Department has confirmed there is a toxic blue-green algae bloom in Lacey’s Long Lake, making it unsafe for swimmers and pets. The City of Lacey will be closing the beach and swimming area of Long Lake until the Health Department can confirm toxicity levels at or below six micrograms.

Thurston County Burn Ban – Countywide Outdoor Burn Ban

​The Thurston County Outdoor Burn Ban on residential materials has been expanded county-wide to now prohibit some recreational fires, effective as of 10 a.m., Wednesday August 2 and ending Monday, September 4, 2017.

Commissioners Appoint Patrick O’Connor as Public Defense Director

After a national recruitment process, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners have appointed Patrick O’Connor as the new Director of Public Defense.  He will begin his role as director immediately.

2017 Gopher Review Process

​Due to changes made by the commissioner for the 2017 Mazama pocket gopher review process, the 2017 season is on track to be the fastest in three years! 

New Grow Smart, Grow Safe Website

​Thurston County is proud to launch the new Grow Smart, Grow Safe website. This website is an easy way for consumers to choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets, and the environment.

Thurston County Employment Opportunities

Looking for a new career? Thurston County wants you! Check out our job openings with competitive salaries and excellent benefit packages! 

Recruiting - Civil Service

​The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions.