• 44 year resident of Cowlitz County
  • Graduate of RA Long, LCC, and Portland State University
  • Degrees in Administration of Justice and Sociology
  • 34 year veteran of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
  • Assignments prior to being elected as Sheriff included Patrol, Drug Investigator, Sergeant of the Detectives Unit
  • Graduate of the Lower Columbia Leadership Academy
  • Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission - Mid-level management and first line supervision
  • Extensive Police Labor Law training and experience
  • Field Training Officer
  • 2-Time Domestic Violence Investigator of the Year
  • Supervision of multiple homicide investigations
  • Past President of the Cowlitz County Deputies and Sergeants Guild.
  • Washington State Medal of Honor Committee
  • Chairman of Cowlitz 911 Board
  • Rizad Foundation Board
  • Cowlitz Chaplaincy Board
  • Cowlitz Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
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"The primary duty of the Sheriff is the public safety of the 48,000 residents in unincorporated Cowlitz County. I pledge to be focused on this responsibility and be mindful of this daily in making decisions affecting the well-being of our community."
                                                                        Brad Thurman