Four sheriffs in Michigan announced Wednesday that they will not enforce parts of the restrictive COVID-19 stay-at-home order recently issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), after the officers concluded that Whitmer may be pushing the bounds of her position.
“We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders,” the four sheriffs wrote in a letter posted to Twitter. “While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority.”
The letter is signed by Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel, Mainstee County Sheriff Ken Falk, and Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. “We will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation,” they said, emphasizing the importance of proper social distancing but questioning the repressive nature of the directive.