Public Service Recognition Week declared by county commissioners


Last week, Thurston County Commissioners paid tribute to the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to serve the community.

During a public meeting on May 7, the Thurston Board of County Commissioners officially declared May 5-11 as Public Service Recognition Week, acknowledging the vital contributions of public employees at all levels of government.

The Board's proclamation emphasizes the breadth of services provided by Thurston County's dedicated employees across various departments.

From the Assessor's Office to Emergency Services, from Public Health to the Sheriff's Office, the proclamation highlighted that these individuals exemplify professionalism, creativity, and unwavering dedication to serving the community.

“Residents benefit each day from the public employees who strive to meet the challenging needs of a diverse population in a rapidly changing environment,” the proclamation read.

Thurston's HR Director Maria Ponte underscored the significance of honoring the county's workforce, expressing gratitude for the commitment demonstrated by the employees who have dedicated their careers to serving the public.

“Every day, our county employees go above and beyond in the services that they deliver,” shared Ponte.

Ponte highlighted the exceptional service of 144 employees who have reached significant milestones, including some who have served the county for over four decades.

Thurston County has planned a series of events to celebrate its public servants. Among the highlights are Spirit Week activities. Additionally, employees will enjoy treats from an ice cream truck making rounds at various county locations.


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