WASHBURN COUNTY, WI -- Washburn County Sheriff Dennis Stuart said Thursday that his department will not enforce Governor Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate, calling it "government overreach and unconstitutional on many levels".
Evers announced Thursday the statewide mask mandate will apply to all indoor, public places starting Saturday, August 1.
Several hours later, Stuart posted on his department's Facebook page, writing, "…there hasn't been any 'mask law' passed through our state legislature".
"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," Stuart wrote.
Stuart went on to encourage Washburn County 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," he added.