After a 30-minute conference call with President Trump and other sheriffs; Marion County, Florida’s Sheriff Billy Woods issued a email mandating that none of his deputies are allowed to wear masks while on-duty.
In his email, Woods wrote, “…as for us, my order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn.”
Part of Wacky Woods’ email reads:
Now, I can already hear the whining and just so you know I did not make this decision easily and I have weighed it out for the past 2 weeks. We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t. Since the beginning of this pandemic the operation of this office has not changed and no wearing of masks has been put in place. With just at 900 employees, our number of cases so far has proven that the current way we are approaching the issue is working. This is no longer a debate nor is it up for discussion. Please keep in mind this entire pandemic is fluid and constantly changing the way things are done. However, my orders will be followed or my actions will be swift to address.
Nearly 800 people have commented on the FB post about the masks at the time of this writing. Most are negative, accusing the chief of making masks a political issue or expressing outrage at the mandate believing it puts everyone, including deputies and their families, at risk.
Wacky Woods’ email ends with the words, “Be Safe!”