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BoH Opens Second Round of Applications for Community Member Positions

​The Thurston County Board of Health (BoH) is accepting a second round of applications to fill three community member positions on the expanded BoH. Individuals who already submitted an application for a community member position do not need to reapply but must submit the supplemental questionnaire to be considered for the position. 

Toxic Algae Health Advisory in Effect for Pattison Lake

Lab results show toxin levels of microcystins at the sample site at Pattison Lake are 8.2 ug/L. The state advisory level for microcystins is 8.0 ug/L. Microcystins are a liver toxin and possible human carcinogen. Microcystins can also cause illness in livestock and pets that drink affected water. Staff will collect weekly samples until the algae bloom clears. Warning signs are posted at the boat launch and other locations around the lake. 

County Enacts Fire Safety Burn Ban

​The Fire Safety Burn Ban applies to residential yard waste burning and all land clearing burns. At this time, recreational fires are allowed on private residential properties and in established fire rings within official county, state, and federal campgrounds. Recreational fires must be contained in approved concrete, stone or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas, and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the burn ban. The fire safety burn ban will be in place until Friday, September 30, 2022. 

Board of Commissioners Approve Putting Measure on General Election Ballot to Increase Board From Three to Five Commissioners

Following a public hearing on Tuesday, July 19, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) passed a resolution in a 3-0 vote to put a ballot measure forward in the general election to ask the voters to increase the number of Thurston County Commissioners from three to five. If the ballot proposition receives majority voter approval, voters will vote incumbents into the two newly created positions during the general election in 2023. 

Commissioners Seek Volunteers for Advisory Boards

​The Board of County Commissioners continue to seek citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on the 22 advisory boards, commissions, committees, and councils. 

Check-In for Visitors

Visitors to Building 1, Public Health and Social Services on Lilly Road, and the Clerk's Office in Building 2 must check-in by using the link below, scanning the QRCode before entering the building, or using the Kiosk system upon entry. Check-in is not currently required for the Building Development Center or Commissioner's Office in Building 1. 

Addressing Homelessness As A Region

​On June 14, 2018, the Thurston County Board of Health (BoH) declared homelessness a public health crisis in Thurston County. On February 24, 2021, Thurston County announced the signing of the interlocal agreement between Thurston County and the cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm (as the representative of south county) to form the Regional Housing Council. 

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! 

COVID-19 Information

For the most updated COVID and vaccination information, visit the PHSS COVID-19 page

Recruiting - Civil Service

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

Contact Information​

Thurston County Courthouse
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-1045

County Directory: (360) 754-3800

Commissioners Office: (360) 786-5440