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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Contact:
Don Krupp, 754-2960

Thurston County Initiates Reorganization


Thurston County commissioners today announced a reorganization of departments headed by appointed directors. The reorganization, which will take effect on March 1, will result in eight departments instead of the current 16 departments.

"Our goal is to improve communication and provide seamless operations to our citizens by putting programs with a shared mission and connected tasks under the same roof," says the county's Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp.  "At this time, no services are being eliminated; however, several programs are being redeployed to different departments."

The reconfigured departments are:

Public Works, which includes Roads, Solid Waste, Utilities, Engineering and Capital Projects;

Parks and Recreation, which includes Parks and Trails, the County Fairgrounds and Historic Preservation;

Central Services, which includes facility maintenance, Geodata, Equipment Rental and other internal services;

Resource Stewardship, which includes development services, storm water and lakes management, noxious weeds, WSU extension, agricultural lands, and the Puget Sound and Chehalis partnerships.

Public Health & Social Services, which includes Public Health, Social Services, Environmental Health, Housing, Veterans Assistance and Pacific Mountain Consortium.

Strategic Planning, which includes the internal services of Human Resources, Finance and Budget and Board of Commissioners support; and the external services of Long Range Planning, Capital Facilities Planning, Economic Development, and Regional Sustainability.

Emergency Services, which includes Emergency Management and Medic One, and

The Office of Assigned Counsel.  

The reorganization does not affect the offices of elected officials such as the county sheriff, auditor, clerk and treasurer. " Assistant CAO Cynthia Stewart and I have been considering this reorganization for much of the past year," says Krupp. "While the national recession adds an urgency to maximize the efficiency of our operations, we believe the reorganization will better serve our citizens in bad economic times as well as good."

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3