John  is the current Sheriff for Thurston County. His office employs 212 people and is the 6th largest region in the state. He has 84 deputies responsible for approx 260,000 people. They cover 770,000 square miles and handle 90,000 calls a year for service, which is approx 250 calls a day. Thurston County has the most fatalities in the state. The current jail is equipped for 408 individuals but is currently holding 425. They are seeing an increase in women and individuals with mental health issues becoming incarcerated. His biggest challenge is operational sustainability. He has many volunteers that assist with counseling, education and religion. The top three types of calls are for domestic violence, burglaries and property theft. The most current abused substance is prescription drugs.