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 26 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 boards including; President of the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association (WSSA) and President-Elect of the WASPC (Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs) Executive Board, Northwest HIDTA Executive Board Chair (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), Thurston County Family Support Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters for Southwest Washington. He also serves on the WASPC Legislative Committee.

Sheriff Snaza and his wife Amber live in Yelm. He enjoys spending time with his family on the lake, travelling in his motorhome, and spending time with his 2-year old grandson Henry.