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Thurston County Connection
March, 2014
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Recently Elected Officials Honored at Swearing In Ceremonies

Service Comes First

Thurston County’s Specialty Courts Hit Milestone

One Family, One Judge.

Sheriff Recognizes Contributions to the Community

Romance on Mound Prairie

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 It Takes a Village.

Thurston County’s Boards and Commissions.

As the saying goes, “It takes a village to run county government”. Ok, maybe that’s not the actual saying, but the statement sure is true!

Did you know that Thurston County has 20 different citizen advisory boards, commissions and councils? Each one is comprised of people who live in Thurston County. We have over 150 volunteers serving our community!

Each citizen advisory board serves a different function. While most are advisory to the Board of County Commissioners – meaning they discuss very important matters and make recommendations to the Board – some do work completely independent of the Board. Take for example the Civil Service Commission. Though members are appointed by the Board, their work of testing potential law enforcement officers is completely separate from the work of the County Commission. (Sound like fun? We have a vacancy – put in your application today!)

While some advisory boards meet monthly or quarterly to discuss hot topics being referred to the commissioners, other advisory boards meet more frequently and do things like organize the Thurston County Fair! (Come on – everyone likes a fair! We have an opening here, too!)

We currently have several openings on various boards and commissions. If you are interested in serving, please visit our Web Site for a complete list of vacancies. You can also call the commissioners’ office at 360-786-5440 and talk with our helpful staff who will answer any questions you have and assist you in your decision making.

There are tons of volunteer opportunities to choose from and we want to help you find your best fit! From our Historic Commission to our Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, our citizen volunteers are part of Thurston County’s “village”. They help shape and oversee county services and programs and help to make this community a great place to live, work, and play. We hope you’ll consider joining our terrific Thurston County team!

By Danielle Westbrook

Historic Commission members at a recent event. Historic Commission members at a recent event.