RSPD to use ‘utmost discretion’ when enforcing mask mandate



Tyler Johnson, [email protected]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (November 19, 2020) – The Rock Springs Police Department will “utilize utmost discretion regarding enforcement of this (mask mandated) order and any action we take will be consistent with the law as it is currently defined,” according to a statement made Chief Dwane J. Pacheco


After State Public Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist approved a mask mandate on Tuesday for Sweetwater County, a 17-day face covering health order was issued, which began on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and will end on Friday, Dec. 4.

The public’s reaction to the health order was mixed.

In fact, some county officials disapproved of the mask mandate and voiced their opinions through letters.

Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickle said the sheriff’s office “will NOT take enforcement action by issuing citations or arresting violators for a public health directive that I believe is contrary to our constitutional liberties as citizens.”

County attorney Dan Erramouspe stated in a letter that he will not prosecute anyone for violating the mask mandate


Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon told Wyo4News that if the mask mandate issued changes the mind of just 10% of the people to wear a mask, then it was a successful health order.

Pacheco’s read that it is not the role of police officers “to control communities they serve, but to work in concert with those communities to promote public safety.

“This is a time where banding together as a community is the only answer.”

The statement also read that the police department “will be diligent in answering all calls for service, including those regarding the failure to wear face coverings.”

Read RSPD’s full statement on the City of Rock Springs Government Facebook page.