(CNN)When Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey extended the state’s stay-at-home order into mid-May, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb countered that the policy had gone on long enough.
“The numbers don’t justify the actions anymore,” he told The Arizona Republic in early May. “Three hundred deaths is not a significant enough number to continue to ruin the economy.”
Lamb said he would talk to residents in the jurisdiction near Phoenix about complying with the order. But he wouldn’t criminally enforce it.
“I think people want to know that we’re going to support their constitutional rights,” he told the newspaper. “I felt (Ducey) pushed me into a position where I needed to make our stance clear.”