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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cathy Wolfe, Thurston County Commission Chair, 360-786-5440
John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff, 360-786-5500

Sheriff and Thurston Commissioners Reach Agreement to Open the ARC
News Conference on agreement to be held Friday

OLYMPIA - Thurston County Commissioners and Sheriff John Snaza have reached substantial agreement on issues regarding the county's new jail, which will allow the facility to open.

The Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) was completed in 2010, but financial challenges from the recession and other issues have kept it in mothballs since. Recent talks between the Sheriff and Commissioners have resulted in a "Letter of Intent" outlining certain corrections-related funding and mutual solutions to other challenges, which will allow the ARC to open.

County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says she is very pleased that the recent discussions have proved fruitful. "This is very good news for Thurston County residents, corrections staff and all of county government. We appreciate the Sheriff's willingness to go through all aspects of the corrections operations in order to come to this agreement."

Snaza agreed, saying, "This 'zero based budgeting' has allowed us to get a more detailed, realistic look at the ARC. It's a big step forward and we're all real excited about this agreement."

The signing of the ARC Letter of Intent will take place at a news conference at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at the ARC facility in Tumwater.

  • WHAT: News Conference Thurston County Jail Agreement

  • WHEN:Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.

  • WHERE: Thurston County Accountability and Restitution Center at 3491 Ferguson Street SW in Tumwater, 98512



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3