Sheriff’s office in northern Wisconsin refusing to enforce mask mandate

WASHBURN COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – A sheriff’s office in northern Wisconsin refuses to enforce the statewide mask mandate issued today by Governor Evers.

Sheriff Stuart of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office published a post on the department’s Facebook page stating how his deputies will handle the Governor’s order.

“My deputies have sworn an oath to the Constitution, and when a law or order is in conflict, we must defend the individual rights of our people. You have an individual right to make your own medical decisions. We as government officials shall not intrude. The Constitution can’t be suspended, whether people get sick or not,” Sheriff Stuart said.

Sheriff Stuart continued, “The Washburn County Sheriff’s Department will not participate in any enforcement in regards to the wearing of masks. We believe it is government overreach and unconstitutional on many levels.”

In the post, the sheriff encourages residents to make their own medical choices.

“If you choose to wear a mask, we defend that right. If not, we defend that right as well. Our deputies will not enforce a mask mandate,” Sheriff Stuart ended.