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Won’t enforce executive orders

EDITOR:

Citizens have asked me where I stand regarding the enforcement of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, after the Michigan Legislature did not vote to extend the state of emergency beyond April 30, as required by law. On May 15 the Court of Claims will hear arguments on the lawsuit the legislature filed against the Governor. This lawsuit will determine the scope of Governor’s authority to issue Executive Orders under the Emergency Management and Emergency Powers Acts.

My deputies and I will serve and protect you and we will respond to your complaints using discretion and compassion. Each complaint will be investigated and my deputies and I will provide guidance and assistance in finding solutions to help you overcome your hardships. The sheriff’s office will not enforce Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders with arrests and citations, which would bring more hardship to small businesses, churches and the citizens of Menominee County. As your sheriff, I am a constitutional peace officer and I will protect your civil liberties and constitutional rights, within my authority.

Thank you for your voluntary compliance during this difficult crisis. Your sacrifices are noteworthy and you have been doing a great job social distancing and protecting your families. Please stay safe, peaceful and considerate to others as the courts decide on the future of the Executive Orders.

Sheriff Kenny Marks

Undersheriff Michael Holmes

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