April 24, 2024 2:51 pm

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A new sheriff in town

By Mario Lotmore | Lynnwood Times Staff

On Thursday, May 21, the Snohomish County Board of Health approved by a vote of 11 to 4 to give Snohomish County health officer, Dr. Christopher Spitters, the authority to pursue legal action against businesses that do not follow his COVID-19/health directives. This was a special meeting on zoom of the Health Board and the subject matter was not on the agenda.

In its May 20 article, “Local health officers have authority to involuntarily isolate or quarantine,” the Lynnwood Times confirmed with the Snohomish Health District that the authority to pursue involuntary compliance (isolation or quarantine) against an individual also resides with the County’s local health officer, Dr. Christopher Spitters.

The Board of Health is comprised of a total of 15 Board members – five county council members and ten city elected officials throughout Snohomish County. The Health Board oversees both policy and the budget of the Snohomish Health District. The vote breakdown is as follows:

No Vote to give Dr. Christopher Spitters the authority to pursue legal action against businesses

  • Scott Bader, Everett City Council Member
  • Sam Low, Snohomish County Council Member
  • Nate Nehring, Snohomish County Council Member
  • Jeff Vaughan, Marysville City Council Member

Yes Vote to give Dr. Christopher Spitters the authority to pursue legal action against businesses

  • Elisabeth Crawford, Mukilteo City Council Member
  • Megan Dunn, Snohomish County Council Member
  • Christine Frizzell, Lynnwood City Council Member
  • Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Edmonds City Council Member
  • John Joplin, Brier City Council Member
  • Anji Jorstad, Lake Stevens City Council Member
  • Jared Mead, Snohomish County Council Member
  • Dan Rankin, Mayor of Darrington
  • Linda Redmon, Snohomish City Council Member
  • Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, Board Vice Chair, Mayor of Mountlake Terrace
  • Stephanie Wright, Board Chair, Snohomish County Council Member

The Lynwood Time has reached out and awaiting statements of this decision by all Snohomish Health District board members, Dr. Christopher Spitters, and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers to follow up on this developing story.

The next regular Board of Health meeting is scheduled for June 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A complete list of committee and board meetings are listed here.

11 Responses

  1. Another group of self serving ,absolute control individuals that forget that you cant give all power to a medical dr. to override individuals Constitutional rights. You wield that sword and you place yourselves as dictators and illegal jailers taking on ALL legal responsibility for anything that happens to the detained group. And I mean ALL legal responsibility including damages to individuals and those that are dependent upon them. I hope those of you that voted this Physician controlling power are now financially ready for the repercussions.

      1. The female board members seem to be in the far left Michigan governor Whitmer club where the Constitution means nada and control is everything. And then a few cuckolds went along with them. Things are not trending in a good direction. At least there’s now a record of who is with, and against, the Constitution.

  2. This is all insane, unlawful and they should be prosecuted. What about those who had received Unemployment for a couple weeks and now are on hold with a bunch of others because they are trying to weed out fraud? They now have no money. I am all for weeding out fraud but to force people to stay home and be broke and now to prosecute people for wanting to work is asinine. My daughter just had to pay for 3 license renewals because they won’t give an extension! She was hoping she could open soon in phase 2 and Instead these folks are tightening the noose more.

    They live in the govt bubble and have forgotten they serve the people. These folks are helping us all get better aquatinted with our rights, and the constitution. We won’t be trampled on much longer.

  3. Good luck finding a Sheriff or deputy who will back these unconstitutional tyrants! The Tienanmen Square Tank Boy was correct. This is power mongering and bordering on insanity. Authoritarian bullies. EVERYONE has an essential business, needing an income to survive. This selective lockdown is not equality of opportunity. And quarantine is not applicable to people who are not infected with a disease. It would qualify IMO as unlawful detainment, subject to the officials responsible being sued – and losing to the victim citizen.

  4. there are some Real sheriffs who are following our constitution. Perhaps we should replace these controls freaks with them?

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