Washington State Patrol Capt. Tim Braniff will be Thurston County's next undersheriff, serving as Sheriff-elect John Snaza's second in command.
Braniff will take over in February after he retires from the State Patrol, Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said Tuesday. Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain will serve as interim undersheriff for about a month after Snaza is sworn in as sheriff in January.
Snaza announced his leadership team in a news release Tuesday. Other appointments he announced:
• Brad Watkins, the current undersheriff, will lead the newly formed Support Services Bureau. He will oversee the Detectives Division in addition to Support Services. “This transition in the organization of the Sheriff’s Office will provide for a more efficient command and control structure,” the news release said.
• Dave Pearsall, the current chief deputy, will be assigned to lead another newly formed division, the Field Operations Bureau. “This bureau will consist of the patrol division and related specialty units,” the release stated.
• Chief Deputy Todd Thoma will continue leading the Corrections Bureau for the Sheriff’s Office. He joined the bureau in 1990.
“Watkins, Pearsall and Thoma will report directly to Braniff,” the release stated. “These outstanding leaders round out a strong management team and will help provide the leadership, vision, management, depth, and discipline we need to provide quality service to the people of Thurston County.”
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