ADA Accommodation Information

Thurston County is committed to ensuring that all people have equal access to County services and programs.  If you need information in a different format, to accommodate a disability preventing you from using the information as presented on this Web site, please send your request to the Thurston County Webmaster.

County ADA Coordinator: Katie Gerard, Human Resources Director, Email or (360) 786-5498.


Thurston County's ADA Notice
In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA") and Washington Law Against Discrimination (“WLAD”), Thurston County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. 

Employment: Thurston County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all state and federal regulations under title I of the ADA and the WLAD.  

Effective Communication: Thurston County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Thurston County programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments. 

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Thurston County will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in Thurston County offices, even where pets are generally prohibited. See Thurston County Animal Policy

Requests for Reasonable Accommodations: Thurston County will provide reasonable disability accommodations upon request. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of Thurston County, should contact the County’s ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. See contact information listed below. When necessary, a person requesting a disability accommodation will be asked to engage in an interactive process to determine effective reasonable accommodations.

The ADA and WLAD do not require Thurston County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Thurston County will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs. 

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of Thurston County is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to: 
ADA Coordinator, Thurston County Human Resources
929 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Room 202
Olympia, WA  98502
Phone:  360-786-5498, for Washington Relay 711 or 1-800-833-6388

General Information
  • Washington Relay: 711 or (800) 833-6388
  • Web Site Inquiries - contact the Thurston County Webmaster.
  • Mobile assisted listening device available for all locations. 
  • All Building sites have signed ADA accessible parking with ramps.
  • Most buildings, but not all, have ADA building entrance power assist openers or closers which are low force units for accessibility. Buildings 5 and 6, and Tilley Building A don't have power assist openers.
  • Most rest rooms have at least one ADA accessible stall.
  • Rest rooms are equipped with ADA accessible accessories such as soap and paper towel dispensers.
  • Most rest rooms, but not all, have ADA power assist door openers or they have closers which are low force units for accessibility.
  • There are courtrooms in Building 2 with ADA power assist door openers.
  • ADA accommodations can be made for jury persons in court rooms as needed.
  • All elevators are equipped with hand rails.
  • Upon request, assistance will be arranged where accommodations are not available. These are typically handled on a case by case basis at the applicable location.
ADA Grievance Process

The grievance process is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This process may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provisions of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Thurston County Government. For additional information regarding the grievance process, please refer to the following:

        

ADA Contacts for County Departments and Offices:

​Office/Department

Contact Person

Email / Phone Number

​County Offices and Departments

​County ADA Coordinator

Katie Gerard

gerardk@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5498

​Assessor's Office

Nicole Williams

willian@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2205

​Auditor's Office (Administration)

Toby Guevin

​Auditor's Office (Elections)

Tillie Naputi-Pullar

TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5408​

​Auditor's Office (Ballot Processing Center)

Lynne Watanabe

TCAuditor@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5408​

​Commissioner's Office (Reception)

Whitney Pearsall

pearsaw@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5440​

Commissioner's Office (Clerk of the Board)​

LaBonita Bowmar

bowmarl@co.thurston.wa.us​ or 360-786-5447

Central Services (Facilities)​

Julie DeRuwe

deruwej@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2944​

​Central Services (Information Technology)

Brian Ferris

ferrisb@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5539​

Clerk's Office​

Tawni Sharp

sharpt@co.thurston.wa.us​ or 360-786-5743

Community Planning and Economic Development​

Chris Edmark

edmarkc@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5466​

​Coroner's Office

Gary Warnock
 

Handicap parking is available in front of the building. The building is wheelchair accessible.

​Fair

Kari Bodnar

Emergency Services (Emergency Management​

Karen Axtmann

axtmank@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2818​

Emergency Services (Medic One)​

Sandra Bush

bushsl@co.thurston.wa.us​ or 360-704-2784

Human Resources​

Katie Gerard

gerardk@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2954​

Prosecuting Attorney's Office​

Heidi Prihoda

Pretrial Services​

Kelley McIntosh

McIntoK@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355 x6266​

Public Defense​

Mia Pagnotta

pagnotm@co.thurston.wa.us​ or 360-786-5868

​Public Health and Social Services

Emmie San Nicolas

sannice@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2505​

​Public Works

Lynn Richard

richarl@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2270​

​Sheriff's Office

Chief Dave Pearsall

Sheriff's Office​

Sergeant Michael Hirte

hirtem@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5849​

​Treasurer's Office

Dienna Daugherty

daughed@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-709-3007​

​WSU Thurston County Extension

Deborah Bordelon

​Email Deborah or 360-867-2177

​County Courts

​District Court

Candace Larned

​Email District Court or 360-754-4102 or 360-786-5222

District Court Request for Reasonable Accommodation:

​Superior Court

Rebekah Zinn

ADA Accommodation page on Superior Court's website / accessibilitySuperiorCourt@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-786-5560