About Sheriff John D. Snaza


John Snaza has been serving the citizens of Thurston County for over 21 years. John 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 conducted numerous waterway rescues and search and rescue missions while 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 high level narcotics investigations, specializing in drug interdictions and gang activity investigations, and worked closely with the DEA, FBI, and ATF as a lead investigator and customs officer. He held the positions of Commander of 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.

John currently serves on the executive board of the Northwest HIDTA.  He also is an executive board member with WASPC (Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs), BHR (Behavior Health Resources), Family Support Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters for Southwest Washington, and he serves as a legislative representative for the Washington State Sheriff’s Association.