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Thurston County, Washington

Public Health and Social Services

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.

Image of PHSS Director and Health Office at January 2023 Board of Health meeting

Our Mission: "Working together to achieve the highest level of health and well-being for everyone".

Our Vision: "Thriving, hopeful, healthy communities where all people are safe and supported and our environment is protected." 

Values: Integrity, Leadership, Service Excellence, Hope, Compassion, Wellness, Inclusivity 

The Strategic Plan for the Department addresses five focus areas:

  1. Achieve Organizational Excellence
  2. Advance Equity
  3. Protect Human Health
  4. Promote Healthy Behaviors 
  5. Support Well-Being

Department Strategic Plan 2020-2024 

Department Strategic Plan 2020-2024 Summary 

Organizational Chart


Executive Leadership Team

David M. Bayne, Department Director Jennifer Freiheit, Department Assistant Director
Gretchen Thaller, Community Wellness Division Director  Erin Birklid Interim, Disease Control and Prevention Division Director (recruiting) 
Art Starry, Environmental Health Division Director Corrine Mason, Fiscal Team Senior Management Analyst
Thomas Webster, Office of Housing and Homeless Prevention Program Manager Carrie Hennen, Treatment Sales Tax Program Manager
Mark Moffett, Social Services Program Manager  Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, Thurston County Health Officer 
Vickie Larkin, Vital Services Division Director