Dubois County Sheriff Won't Enforce Face Covering Executive Order

Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter says that since the order is being "challenged as to whether it is constitutional or not", they are not able to and will not enforce it.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 2:21 PM

Another southwest Indiana sheriff has spoken out against enforcing Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order requiring face coverings.

Dubois County Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter has sent a statement out saying that the sheriff's office will not enforce the order.

"This is not intended to start a debate or an argument, it is just to inform the public on how we will respond to calls regarding the order," Kleinhelter said in the statement.

He said that his office will not respond for the sole purpose of a complaint that a person or persons are not wearing a mask in public.  He did say that he will respond to distrubances as they develop.

"At this time, the executive order is being challenged as to whether it is constitutional or not.  Therefore, this order can not and will not be enforced by out agency to the extent of legal ramifications," said Kleinhelter.

He did state that any business or organization may refuse service to any one individual who reguses to wear a mask.  Refusal to leave the business or organization when asked could be treated as Criminal Trespass.

"Whether you support or oppose the Governor's decision," Kleinhelter said," I ask of you all, please be respectful and or tactful when addressing another person about mask issues or if you are confronted about your decsion to wear or not wear a mask."

This is the second sheriff to speak out about the order.  Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham sent an email out saying that he has instructed his deputies and staff to not enforce the mandate due "to lack of authority from the Governor."

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