PRESS RELEASE MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
SHERIFF FOLLOWS MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRECINCT 2 CONSTABLE GENE DEFOREST NO ENFORCEMENT ACTION
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will take NO actions to enforce the Governor’s Office Executive
Order GA-29 issued on July 2, 2020, regarding the mandatory use of facemasks in public.
This order includes specific language prohibiting law enforcement from detaining, arresting, or confining
to jail as a means to enforce the order. This language strips law enforcement of the necessary tools to enforce
compliance with the law.
The language included in the Governor’s order could subject our agency, and Montgomery County as a
whole, to civil liability as stopping someone for a face covering related issue could be construed or
misconstrued as detention. Additionally, holding someone for the purpose of issuing a citation related to
a fine is a legally defined detention under current Texas Law.
Calls for service reporting a violation of GA-29 will only be dispatched if the reporter is an authorized
supervisory representative of the business or property AND is reporting that a person is refusing to leave
the property after receiving notice to leave and a disturbance is occurring. Deputies arriving at these types
of calls will follow the normal established procedures.
We are in a public health crisis and we will use this opportunity to educate our community while still
respecting individual liberties. Let’s work together to ensure Montgomery County remains a safe place to
live and work. We encourage all citizens to take reasonable precautions in their own life to mitigate possible
exposure by following all Health Department guidelines