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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Meghan Porter, Public Information Officer, 360-867-2097, or email at porterm@co.thurston.wa.us

Commissioners Appoint Ramiro Chavez as County Manager
Chavez has served as Interim County Manager since June 6, 2016

OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Commissioners have offered Ramiro Chavez the permanent appointment of County Manager. Chavez has been serving as the Interim County Manager since June 2016.

"We have been very impressed with Ramiro in the County Manager position," said Commission Chair, Bud Blake. "He has a great understanding of county business and is very competent in his management of the information we, as the Board, need to do our work. Asking him to remain as the County Manager was an easy decision."

Chavez served in the Public Works Director role from August 2014 to June 2016 when he accepted the Interim County Manager position. Prior to coming to Thurston County, he spent 23 years with Pierce County Public Works. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Program Management Professional (PgMP). His education and more than 25 years' experience in county government provides him with deep understanding of managing personnel, complex budgets and general administration. Chavez, originally from Ecuador, South America, has been a resident of Thurston County for the last 28 years and is very involved in the community.

The commissioners will begin the recruitment process to fill the Public Works Director position, currently filled by Interim Director Scott Lindblom.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3