About the Sheriff


As your Sheriff, I am proud to serve the citizens of Lewis County. The Sheriff’s Office continues to seek out opportunities and ways to make Lewis County a great place to live, work, and send our kids to school. The Sheriff’s Office supports the Sheriffs' Mentoring Students Program, a way for our employees to interact within our local schools and to provide an example of a positive role model. We proactively seek out those individuals who wish to commit crime in Lewis County with the implementation of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team. The Sheriff’s Office motto Public Safety through Professional Service, is not just a saying but a belief we have for ourselves, from the top all the way down to the newest employee.

Mental health issues, opioid abuse, and homelessness are just a few of the community wide challenges we all face together. Through the Sheriff’s Office’s proactive approach, and strong community partnerships, we continue to explore options for supporting our community members in need. Those incarcerated in our jail are provided top-notch medical treatment to address mental health issues and treat addiction head on. Our desire is to help those individuals who are willing to embrace change and becoming a productive member of our community.

I look forward to serving this community for many years to come. Together we can accomplish so much. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Sheriff.


Sheriff Robert R. Snaza was elected the 38th Sheriff of Lewis County in November 2014. Sheriff Snaza began his full time law enforcement career as a police officer with the Napavine Police Department in 1990. He joined the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy in 1995. Prior to becoming Sheriff, he would serve as a Sergeant, as well as the Undersheriff. During his time with both law enforcement agencies, he taught D.A.R.E. in elementary schools throughout Lewis County. His passion for positive law enforcement interaction within schools would later lead to his Sheriffs' Mentoring Students Program. In addition to being a patrol supervisor, he also served in supervisory roles in the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team (UNET) and the Lewis Regional Crime Task Force (LRCTF). Additionally, he was a SWAT team leader, responsible for the safety of his team while serving high risk warrants and other tactical operations.