About Undersheriff Tim Braniff


Tim grew up in the Yakima Valley and currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from City University of Seattle and an Associates of Arts in Mid-Management from Yakima Valley College. Tim began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Zillah Police Department. In March 1986 he started his employment with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) as a trooper cadet and was commissioned as a trooper in January 1987. He worked his way up through the ranks to Captain where he served in various assignments including; Field Operations, Technical Services, Professional Standards, and the Investigative Assistance Division before retiring on February 11, 2011.

On February 14, 2011, Tim was appointed by Sheriff John Snaza to serve as Undersheriff for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.  As Undersheriff, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Sheriff’s Office, which consists of 234 employees and a budget of over $37 million.

Tim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #226, and was elected in July 2015 to serve on the FBI National Academy Associates Executive Board. Tim serves on several community boards and charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County. He is a Charter Member of Gateway Rotary of Thurston County.

During his off-duty time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, bicycling, and working in his yard.