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Tom Jones (R) says remarks to Gov. Inslee’s mask order. “GCSO has higher priorities”

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

- Ephrata, WA

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement in regards to Governor Inslee’s (D) new proclamation making wearing a face mask mandatory statewide.

In a statement release the Grant County Sheriff’s Office stated that they continues to focus on the education of the Governor’s latest order related to the Coronavirus.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Governor Inslee’s recent order is not to be mandated by local or county law enforcements to arrest or cite.

Conservative Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said in a statement,

“The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has much larger public safety priorities than writing a ticket for a person not wearing a mask,” said Sheriff Jones (R). “Our jail is on restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and therefore violations of the Governor’s order will not meet the booking criteria. I have full trust in the residents and business owners of our great county that they will continue to use common sense and good judgment to be safe. Their efforts will support Grant County moving to Phase 3 of the reopening plan.”

The Sheriff‘s office continues by saying,

The Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies have the discretion on enforcement based upon specific situations and resources. Sheriff Jones will continue to base agency decisions on what is in the best interest of our communities as a whole. 

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