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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 12, 2007
Contact:
Don Krupp, Chief Administrative Officer, 360-786-5440
Dave Pavelchek, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, 360-586-4583

County Launches Second Phase of Citizen Survey


OLYMPIA – Thurston County is once again seeking citizen opinions regarding services and programs provided by the county.  Last year the county surveyed more than 600 registered voters to discover their priorities for county government.  This newest survey is also being done in conjunction with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center of Washington State University.

Thurston County Chief Administrative Officer Don Krupp says last year's survey gave a general overview of county government.  The new survey is looking more in depth into criminal justice issues.  " This time we are seeking a more comprehensive look into law and justice, in particular, incarceration and alternatives to incarceration.  We are specifically looking at three issues- prevention, diversion and rehabilitation.  We feel this is the best opportunity to hear directly from citizens regarding their concerns and priorities for these important programs."

The telephone survey of 400 county residents will be done early in 2007.  A background letter is being sent to 2,000 randomly selected voters notifying them that they may be contacted to take part in the survey.  Dave Pavelchek of the Research Center says it will be a scientifically correct process.  "The survey is designed to reach a representative random sample of registered voters.  That way we will get a valid, unbiased assessment of public opinion."  A focus group session will be held after the survey is completed to help evaluate the results.

Results of this new round of information gathering will be used to help with program planning for the county's new Accountability and Restitution Center , planned for opening in 2009.  The information will also be used in a variety of other ways including decisions on community partnerships and on budget priorities.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3