Dodge County Sheriff Column Makes Headlines

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is making statewide headlines with a column he released Saturday about the governor’s extension of the Safer At Home order. In the column, Schmidt has concerns over constitutionality of the order and says his officer will always protect the “lives, property and [in capital letters] the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of…citizens.” Schmidt says he tells his deputies to follow the order but consult with him before any enforcement, which he notes has not been an issue yet. Schmidt formally requests that the governor re-evaluates order and begins gradually re-opening [the] economy.” The sheriff also says voluntary compliance is always constitutional and encourages people to practice social distancing guidelines.