John Snaza has been serving the citizens of Thurston County for over 21 years. John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was hired by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 and then elected as Sheriff January 1, 2011.
During his career with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, John has served and led a variety of tactical and operational missions. He had been assigned to the Air Operations Unit and Marine Services Unit, and he has been the Incident Commander at many major crime scenes. John has an extensive background in narcotics investigations, specializing in drug interdictions and gang activity, and worked closely with the DEA, FBI, and ATF. He held the positions of Commander on the multi-agency Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and Meth Lab Team Commander, successfully eradicating a significant number of meth labs in Thurston County.
Since becoming Sheriff, John has attended several executive level training courses including the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED) leadership training at Quantico, VA.
As Sheriff, he currently serves on the executive board of the Northwest HIDTA, WASPC (Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs), BHR (Behavior Health Resources), Family Support Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters for Southwest Washington. He also serves as a legislative representative for the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association.