John Snaza has been serving the citizens of Thurston County for over 23 years. 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 as Sheriff January 1, 2011 and re-elected on January 1, 2015.
During his career with TCSO, John has served and led a variety of tactical and operational missions. He was 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.
Sheriff Snaza graduated from the FBI National Academy Session #260 in June 2015. He has also attended the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED) leadership training at Quantico, VA and the National Sheriff’s Academy.
As Sheriff, he currently serves on the executive board of the Northwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), 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.