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Thurston Sheriff Deputy Derek Sanders challenges 12 year incumbent Sheriff Snaza!

Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy Derek Sanders
Credit: Sanders for Sheriff, Independent

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Sheriff candidate alleges incumbent started misconduct investigation for political gain

From The Olympian:

Thurston County Sheriff’s deputy Derek Sanders, who is running against his boss, Sheriff John Snaza, has accused Snaza of authorizing an investigation into Sanders’ conduct for political gain.

Sanders’ campaign issued a news release on Friday addressing the investigation and related rumors that have circulated on social media.

In the release, Sanders alleged Snaza had him placed him under investigation for “misconduct and social media campaign violations.” Sanders told The Olympian that Snaza had approved the investigation the night Sanders won the August primary.

“The whole time they said, ‘It’s not political,’” Sanders said. “But the actions are completely opposite of that.” When reached for comment, Snaza said he learned about a complaint against Sanders a week before the primary but did not directly participate in the investigation. He denied orchestrating the investigation for political gain.


Sanders signed a documented oral warning on Sept. 27, he said. A copy of the document reviewed by The Olympian corroborated the warning Sanders described. Though he accepted the discipline, Sanders said he has filed a grievance about the investigation. Snaza said Sanders could appeal the discipline he received internally or go to the county commissioners.

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