County sheriff's lieutenant wants top job

Thurston County sheriff's Lt. Debbie Mealy will hold a kickoff breakfast at 7 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., to officially announce her campaign to run for Thurston County sheriff.

Mealy, 43, will run as a Democrat. She is a contract employee for the state, working as the deputy director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. She has worked as a patrol officer, a patrol sergeant and a training sergeant.

Thurston County Sheriff Dan Kimball has announced that he will not run for a second term because he wants to help take care of his mother in Port Townsend. Mealy is the only person to announce candidacy for the position so far.

Kimball’s successor will be selected in November’s general election.