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Mission Statement

Who are we?

We are Thurston County Public Works. Our Department was previously two separate departments, known as Roads and Transportation Services and Water and Waste Management. After a County re-organization in 2008 we returned to name of Public Works. Ms. Donavan Willcutt is the Director of the Department. Donavan has been with Thurston County for over 25 years, with all the years in the Public Works arena.

We are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and improvement of more than 1,100 miles of county roadway, and adjacent right of way, the Waste and Recovery Center, Water and Sewer utilities and the County's Parks and Trail system.

Our operating budget comes from a variety of sources, including property and gas taxes, grants and permit and use fees. (A copy of our annual operating budget is available on the main county website. < http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/budget/">

Our maintenance crews provide sanding, plowing, and anti-icing of county road surfaces during the winter season, and mowing, vegetation management, and drainage throughout the year. Additionally, we respond to emergency situations resulting from natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes and assist county residents in evacuation and property protection.

We respond to citizen requests for maintenance of the right of way and roadway surface through the use of the online service requests system and also by telephone requests. We endeavor to keep the public up to date on our projects, recycling tips and events using Social Media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook and blogging in addition to our internet sites.

We have a new environmentally friendly main campus on Tilley Road which was not only built green using recycled products, but also complied with Gold LEED standards by implementing solar and thermal heating and people friendly daylight windows.