The Leelanau Democrats are grateful that the vast majority of residents comply with COVID19 restrictions. We regret the unfortunate press release from four Sheriffs of Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason Counties, April 15, stating “As Sheriffs of Michigan’s 101st House district…we write today to inform the public of our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders….As a result, we will not have strict enforcement of these orders.”

Understandably alarmed by this position from public servants sworn to uphold the law, the Leelanau County Democratic Party’s press release on April 17 strongly opposed this position, stressing that the current COVID19 orders save lives. We were heartened to see that late on April 17, in response to community reaction, Sheriff Borkovich’s posted on facebook that he recognizes the danger and does indeed support and will continue to enforce COVID19 executive orders.

We agree with the Sheriff that all of us are in this together. The best way to get people back to work is to increase reliable testing for the disease, track and isolate every case. We understand many have lost jobs and income, and encourage buying local and ordering take out to keep our businesses alive.

2 comments on “Dems Reply to Sheriffs’ refusal to enforce some of Governor’s Stay at Home Orders”

  1. Ray Pezzi Reply

    When the people of Leelanau County needed him most, Borkovich deserted his post.

    What’s really disappointing here is that 4 Michigan Sheriffs (including the Sheriff of my County, Leelanau) have announced that they feel the Governor’s stay-at-home orders are unconstitutional and that they aren’t going to enforce them. While this little bit of political grandstanding may curry favor among their fellow MAGA supporters, it will undoubtedly come at a cost to the health and lives of the people they’ve been sworn to protect. Sheriff Borkovich, you undoubtedly have the right as a private individual to express your displeasure with the Governor’s order — and if you REALLY think it’s unconstitutional, seek to have it overturned in the courts. What you don’t have, though, is a right to make yourself a one-man Supreme Court. Your job is to enforce the law. If you can’t bring yourself to do that, resign.

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