Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin made a heartfelt request on social media for the public to obey Gov. Bill Lee's March 30 Safer at Home order.
"(T)oday the Governor basically begged the good citizens of this state to take responsibility of your lives," Partin wrote on a post that was shared on the Department's official Facebook page.
"Yes the Governor can shut the state completely down or a County Mayor can shut down an entire county down under the state of emergency act. There are a whole bunch of things that empower levels of state and local governments under an declaration of emergency."
Partin warns that " if and when a shut down order is issued," how hard it would be to enforce.
"For me, the only way I can describe the handling of this in Coffee County would be like herding cats or pushing log chains. Can you vision all of our law enforcement having to go street to street road by road 24/7 on a loud speaker telling you to get inside. Stopping you and asking you what your reason for being out is and why. Putting up hundred of barricades around both of our cities not letting you, my friends, my loved ones, or my citizens in or out," he wrote.
Partin said that the governor and the president has the weight of the state backing him.
"This evening I ask the citizens of this county to respect the decisions and steps Governor Bill Lee is taking. Go back to the beginning from the first order to the one today and you can clearly see how things are trending and getting tighter with your freedoms. I hope you see what’s coming," he wrote.
Shut down is coming, Partin warns. "Roads and jobs will be closed. Money and businesses will be lost.... All I ask you to do before the blame is placed, look in the mirror and ask that person you see, what did I do today to stop the virus."