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About Chief Todd Thoma


Chief Todd Thoma joined the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), Corrections Bureau, in October 1990 after working for the Washington State Department of Corrections. Prior to joining the field of Corrections, Chief Thoma served seven years in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Specialist. As a corrections officer with TCSO, he worked in both the main facility and the Correctional Options Program. He joined the Defensive Tactics Team in 1991 and helped develop the annual in-service training program and several specialized correctional tactics training programs.

In 1995, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Office Operations Division as a patrol deputy and later returned to the Corrections Bureau where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he was assigned as Shift Supervisor, Training/Inmate Services Lieutenant, and Administrative Lieutenant.

In 2002, he was promoted to Captain with oversight for; Jail Operations, Staff Training, Inmate Services and Programs, Inmate Medical, Court Security, Professional Standards, along with facility maintenance and major projects.

On July 1, 2007, he was appointed Chief Deputy of Corrections, responsible for all aspects of current jail operations and budget. He was re-appointed by Sheriff John Snaza on January 1, 2011.

Chief Thoma is a graduate of the; FBI-LEEDA/Trilogy Program, Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission/Executive Leadership, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission/Middle Management, Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and Corrections Officer’s Academy.

During his off-duty time, Chief Thoma enjoys spending time with his family and working on trying to improve his golf game (which isn’t going as well as he had hoped).