Press Release


Kittitas County Stands Together in Support of Local Law Enforcement

Kittitas County, WA - 03/20/2019 - The Kittitas County Government including all departments and offices stands behind local law enforcement. As a symbol of that support, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners has directed that all county government buildings will lower their flags to half-mast in honor of fallen Deputy Ryan Thompson and injured Officer Benito Chavez.

“This is a small county and everyone here knows and cares about each other,” states Lisa Young, Kittitas County Human Resources Director.  “There are 386 employees, so most of us know each other and each other’s families.  Deputy Thompson leaves behind a family, and many in our community and beyond want to show their support.”
Anyone wanting to give monetarily to Deputy Thompson’s or Officer Chavez’s families may make donations to US Bank to any of these three accounts:

  • Thompson Memorial Fund
  • Thompson Family Fund
  • Chavez Family Fund
Family funds are for family expenses while the memorial fund is for funeral expenses. Any excess funds after the funeral service will be released to Deputy Thompson’s wife.
“This tragedy has touched our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors, and beyond,” states Commissioner Osiadacz.  “The emotions are as strong as the support that is being shown in our community.”  Kittitas County wants to thank all of our law enforcement personnel and families along with first responders who work so hard to keep Kittitas County safe. 
Please remember to balance caring and kindness with privacy and respect for those who are hurting.  

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Contact: For more information, please visit the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office or email Jill Beedle,