About Sheriff John D. Snaza

At CJTC for Chief for a Day EventSheriff John Snaza has been serving the citizens of Thurston County for over 24 years and is the 23rd Sheriff of Thurston County. John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was hired by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) in 1993. He was first elected Sheriff on January 1, 2011 and re-elected on January 1, 2015.

Sheriff Snaza is a graduate of the 260th session of the FBINAA, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) training at Quantico, VA, and the National Sheriff’s Academy.

As Sheriff, he currently serves on several executive boards including; Northwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), WASPC (Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs), the Family Support Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters for Southwest Washington. He is the current Vice President of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association (WSSA), and serves as a legislative representative for WASPC.