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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 15, 2012
Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner, 360-786-5747

Understanding the Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC)

Many people in our community have questions about Thurston County's new jail known as the Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC). How will the county pay for it, how will the transition happen, and when will it be open? On June 25, you can get these and other questions answered by joining Commissioner Romero and her guest, Sheriff John Snaza, at one of her three local coffee chats.

Sheriff Snaza has been serving the citizens of Thurston County for over 19 years. John was hired by the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in 1993, and after a brief absence from the agency he returned in 2004 to serve as a deputy sheriff. He has been assigned to various positions, most recently the Community Outreach Deputy until being elected Sheriff in November, 2010.

The ARC reached completion in 2010, and will replace the current Thurston County jail which has faced severe overcrowding and is worn out after more than 34 years of use. Since its completion, the county has faced challenges with opening the ARC, and some questions have been raised about its status. Sheriff Snaza will update citizens on the opening of the facility, currently scheduled for late 2012 or early 2013.

Once a month Commissioner Romero meets with community members for informal coffee chats. These meetings give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask her questions about the county, and share ideas. Commissioner Romero provides participants' coffee that she pays for herself. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra RomeroWhen: Monday, June 25, 2012


Rainier: 9:30am - 10:30am at Rainier City Hall, 102 Rochester St W

Yelm: 11:00am - Noon at Fadi's Restaurant (Tahoma Golf Course), 15425 Mosman Ave SW

Lacey: 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Olympic Crest Coffee, 4211 Pacific Ave SE



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3