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Sauk County Health Officer Resigns Amid Politics of Pandemic

Sauk County Health Officer Tim Lawther has submitted a letter of resignation, saying the pandemic has become a “political tool.” His letter announced his last day as October 14. “The political gamesmanship has empowered some County Supervisors to demand retraction of evidence-based public health guidance,” Lawther wrote. “It has encouraged and rewarded political allies to rail against science and data-driven measures to protect our neighbors. It has emboldened others to think it is appropriate to treat public health professionals with disrespect and disdain when they are just trying to do their jobs with skill and grace.”

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