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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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Don Krupp, Thurston County Manager, 360-786-5440

Thurston Commissioners Appoint Alexander as County Auditor


OLYMPIA - Thurston County Commissioners today picked Gary Alexander to serve as Thurston County Auditor. The position was open because of the election last November of Kim Wyman to the post of Washington Secretary of State. Three persons were recommended by Thurston County Republicans as potential replacement for Wyman and all three were earlier interviewed by the commissioners.

At the Board of County Commissioners' meeting it was revealed that Yelm Mayor Ron Harding sent a letter Monday asking that his name be withdrawn from consideration. That left Olympia real estate agent Carol Person and Deputy Auditor for Financial Services, Gary Alexander as the two remaining candidates. Commissioners said that all three candidates brought a breadth of experience that would have been beneficial to the office.

Commissioner Cathy Wolfe made the motion to approve Alexander for the position saying "Our job is to find the person that we feel has the best qualifications to hit the ground running and to fill that office between now and the certification of the elections this fall and I am convinced Gary Alexander has the best qualifications to do that." Wolfe cited Alexander's knowledge of the Auditor's Office operations and his long experience as reasons for support.

Newly appointed Auditor Alexander is a 12-year veteran of the Auditor's Office and also serves as a Republican state legislator representing District Two in the State House. He says over this year he will evaluate serving two offices at the same time and may make a decision in the future whether to seek only one office.

Alexander says he will be working on a number of issues regarding the Auditor's Office in the coming year. "The Auditor's Office has been planning in 4 to 5 year outlooks and I have some very important plans. That includes moving to as much of a paperless office as we can. And also we want to streamline our elections process so that we get as much of the elections results as possible on election night."

Alexander says he is looking forward to working with the entire Auditor's Office team. "We've got some great leaders on all parts of the Auditor's staff; licensing, recording, elections and the financial aspects."



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3