Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Tomah PD will not enforce mask mandate

‘Serious communication problem’ in Monroe County, sheriff says

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) – Both the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Tomah Police Department will not enforce the mask mandate order.

Governor Tony Evers issued an order for the mandatory wearing of masks in public yesterday, to begin tomorrow, Saturday, August 1.

Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels said, “We ask that you don’t call the Sheriff’s Office to report people who are not wearing a mask as the Deputies will not be responding or investigating these incidents.”

“The Monroe Sheriff’s Office understands the differing viewpoints regarding this mandate. We want everyone to be safe in their daily lives as we remain concerned for the current public health circumstances,” Sheriff Revels continued.

Sheriff Revels also asked community members to treat Monroe County public health workers with respect as they go about their day to day work.

“After consulting with the Monroe County District Attorney it has been decided that the Monroe County District Attorney’s office will not prosecute violations of Emergency Order #1 related to the mandatory wearing of masks,” Tomah Police Chief Mark Nicholson said in a post on the department’s Facebook page. “As such the Tomah Police Department will not investigate or enforce the Emergency Order which requires the use of masks in public or enclosed spaces. Recognizing this we ask that you don’t call the Tomah Police Department or the Monroe County Dispatch Center to report people in our jurisdiction who are not wearing a mask.”