Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask.
If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes
located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.
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On June 23, Thurston County was approved to move to Phase 3 of the 'Safe Start' recovery plan. On June 22, the Governor issued a state-wide face covering directive.
For the most updated, daily case numbers, visit the PHSS COVID-19 data page. Numbers are updated at 3:00 p.m. daily.
The Thurston County Board of Commissioners approved granting "Water, Woods & Prairies", a 290-page local history book with more than 250 photographs about the capital county of Washington, to the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum, a non-profit organization. "Water, Woods & Prairies" was written by local historians and highlights the history of Thurston County, including thoroughly documented essays about Native Americans, maritime explorers, loggers, early settlers and farmers, as well as the story of the state capital and contemporary times. The book originated with the Thurston County Historic Commission and brought in the expertise of historians to create a comprehensive account of Thurston County's storied history.
Thurston County is accepting applications for historic preservation projects in the county from Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020. Organizations can submit applications for the Heritage Grant Program at: co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/historic/historic-grants.html.
The Thurston County Historic Commission grant sub-committee will review and rank the applications in early November. After ranking the projects, the applications will move forward to the entire Thurston County Historic Commission. The Historic Commission will provide recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners for consideration. Grants will be awarded in early 2021.
County residents with unpaid rent since March 2020 can contact the Community Action Council (CAC), or one of its partnering organizations, to see if they qualify for rental assistance. ERAP is intended to provide rental assistance for those most likely to become homeless after an eviction, to suffer severe health consequences if evicted, and to promote equity for groups of people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
On June 14, 2018, the Thurston County Board of Health (BoH) declared homelessness a public health crisis in Thurston County. Learn more about what Thurston County is doing to address homelessness at the links below.
The Board of County Commissioners continue to see citizen volunteers to fill vacancies on the 22 advisory boards, commissions, committees, and councils.
Looking for a new career? Thurston County wants you! Check out our job openings with competitive salaries and excellent benefit packages!
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill a number of positions.
Thurston County Courthouse2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502-1045
County Directory: (360) 754-3800
Commissioners Office: (360) 786-5440