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Board of County Commissioners

About the Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion 

On December 14, 2021, the Board of Commissioners (BoCC) approved Resolution No. 16097, establishing the Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion. This resolution supports Resolution No.15995 which declared Racism a Crisis in Thurston County and the Board of Health (BoH) Proclamation of Racism as a Health Crisis in Thurston County, both adopted on March 9, 2021.  

The Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion will initially be comprised of seven Thurston County residents who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). It is important the council is inclusive of the broad Thurston County geographical area, to include the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Rainier, Rochester, Tenino, Yelm, the town of Bucoda, and unincorporated Thurston County.    

The purpose of the council is to advise and engage the BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials on matters of racial equity and inclusion within all county services and the policies, processes, and practices used to accomplish the mission of Thurston County government.

The Council’s responsibilities include, and are not limited to:

  • Input on racial equity strategies based on the results of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Staff Survey Summer 2022.  
  • Recommendations for strategies to increase access for BIPOC residents and to reduce barriers to county services and resources.  
  • Identifying opportunities to increase the participation of underrepresented BIPOC community members in the development and implementation of county government ordinances, regulations, policies, and programs.
  • Providing input to BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials, county employees and volunteers to develop and implement a county Racial Equity Action Plan, including future updates and modifications, and other efforts aimed at creating a more equitable community.
  • Providing input to the BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials to conduct a regular reoccurring community assessment to understand the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion as experienced by county residents.

BoCC Resolution No 16097 - Racial Equity Advisory Council

BoCC Resolution No 15995 - Racism Is A Crisis

BOH Proclamation Racism Health Crisis

Racial Equity and Inclusion Council

Currently Accepting Applications!   

We have a vacancy on the council and are looking for residents of unincorporated, or south Thurston County who have a passion for engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work.  Please complete the application if you are interested.  

BoCC Citizen Advisory Board Application Fillable.pdf


Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes

DATE ​Agendas ​Minutes
​August 26, 2022 Agenda-REI-Council-8-26-2022.docx

​September 14, 2022

October 21, 2022 REI-Special-Mtg-Notice-Council10-21-2022.docx  
November 17, 2022 REI-Special-Mtg-Notice-11-17-2022.docx  
July 21, 2023 REI Special Meeting Notice  
September 18, 2023 REI Special Meeting Notice  

Council Meetings are subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) 

Contact Information 

Thurston County Commissioners Office 

(360) 786-5440

Please feel free to contact me with questions about racial equity work happening in Thurston County.  I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more about what we are doing!