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Thurston County Auditor’s Office to Begin Passport Services

Come October, the Thurston County Auditor's Office will be the only passport services agency in the County that provides passport services five days a week for full business hours. Thurston County has not provided passport services since it suspended services in 2009 due to budget cuts. The first day of services will be announced when a completion date for office renovations associated with the new services is finalized.

WSDOT to Host Open House on SR 510 Yelm Loop Alignment

What: WSDOT Open House
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27
Where: Yelm Community Center - 301 2nd Street

The open house will be an opportunity for members of the public to hear the latest project details and ask questions.

Public Hearing on Proposed Rates for Thurston Conservation District

​The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, Building 2, Room 280, to receive public comments on the proposed rates and charges for the Thurston Conservation District.

County Seeks Applications for 2019 Lodging Tax Funds

​The Thurston County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is accepting applications for qualified projects occurring in unincorporated Thurston County in 2019.  Lodging Tax funds may be used to promote tourism events, locations, and activities for the purpose of attracting visitors to this area. Lodging tax revenue may also be used to pay for capital and/or operating costs for some tourism-related facilities, the operation of visitor/convention agencies, and the operation and marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. Approximately $50,000 will be awarded. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 10.

New Courthouse and Civic Center Project Webpage

You can now find up-to-date information about the Courthouse and Civic Center Project in one place. The County has launched a webpage with informaiton about meeting dates, resources, latest news, contact information, and the Citizen Advisory Committee.  

County Accepting Comment on Bryne Grant Application

​Thurston County is applying for $24,687 in criminal justice funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Edward Bryne Justice Assistance Grant Program funding will be used to improve infrastructure for the law and justice group and purchase services to create interfaces for law and justice data systems. Written or verbal public comment on the application will be accepted through noon on Monday, September 24, 2018.  

The Board of County Commissioners will consider approval of the grant application at their board meeting on Tuesday, September 25; in-person public comment is welcome at that time. If you have questions regarding the County's intent to apply, or comments, please contact Christen A. Peters in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 360-786-5540 x 6256 or email  Comments may also be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at

Countywide Outdoor Burn Ban in Effect

​A burn ban on residential yard-waste and land clearing is in effect in Thurston County. Current weather conditions within the county have created substantial fire danger and there is a need to enact restrictions on outdoor burning. At this time, recreational fires are allowed on private residential properties and in established fire rings within official county, state or federal campgrounds.

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.

Contact Information​

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

County Directory: (360) 754-3800

Commissioners Office: (360) 786-5440