OLYMPIA - For the past 17 years, a national company has taken care of collections for Thurston County District Court. This year, court officials decided to open up the service for bids and the results may be beneficial for people who find themselves in collection for court fines.-30-
In January of 2014, Thurston County District Court requested proposals for collection services. Five responses were received and it was decided to negotiate with Grimm Collections. Grimm is locally based, with 70 years in business. In May, District Court signed a new one-year contract with Grimm Collections with the option for four additional one-year terms.
Those who find themselves in collection for failure to pay District Court fines will have a somewhat easier time of it under the new agency. The previous collections company, NCO Financial Systems, charged a 40% fee on top of the fine. That figure is reduced to 20% under the contract with Grimm.
District Court Administrator Theresa Ewing says the change came as part of on-going efforts to review court procedures and to find efficiencies and improve policies.
"We are pleased that the review lead us to a local company, while at the same time giving a bit of financial relief to folks who find themselves in these circumstances." An additional benefit in the new collections contract is provision of options in payment of collections including debt counseling.
The new contract includes services for time payment processing and collection. In addition to new case assignments the court is transitioning all cases currently assigned to NCO to Grimm. Persons who have questions about their case with Thurston County District Court should contact the court at 360-786-5250. Wait times may be extended due to high call volume.