Friday afternoon was an afternoon of celebration for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. About 100 people — honorees, employees and their families — gathered at the Thurston County Courthouse to honor a retiree, longtime employees and those receiving promotions.
Sheriff John Snaza said longtime Executive Assistant Faye Burnett was the star of the afternoon, as many of the people present had attended to celebrate her retirement. Burnett was first hired in 1980 and worked under four different sheriffs.
“When I first was elected, I looked to the people around me to guide me,” Snaza said. “And I can’t tell you how many times Faye has helped me out.”
Employees who work for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years or longer are presented with a framed certificate. Corrections Lt. Shawn Ball has worked for the sheriff’s office for 20 years, and Lt. Cliff Ziesemer has worked for the sheriff’s office for 30 years.
Sheriff John Snaza said he learned a lot from Ziesemer, who was a detective when Snaza was first hired.
“With Cliff being a detective, it meant a lot that he spent a lot of time with not just with me, but with all the other deputies,” Snaza said. “It really made a big difference.”
“I hope you continue to invest that much time,” he added.
Snaza officially promoted Greg Elwin to the rank of captain, Brian Cassidy to the rank of sergeant and Cameron Simper to the rank of sergeant.