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Tracy Finch

To the Editor,

I feel the need to let all of you know that the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office staff is working diligently to form an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are doing all that we can to mitigate and reduce risks to our community.  The drastic measures taken throughout the nation are to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Our main concern is to maintain the physical health of our citizens and their families. 

This pandemic will not only affect people physically and emotionally, but also financially.  We need to preserve the mental health of ourselves and others around us.  Please look out for each other.  Our community has a long track record of coming together in times of need and supporting each other.  Let’s keep this going. 

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office will be adjusting the way we provide services.  Many more calls for service will be taken by telephone.  We will still be responding to all necessary calls in person.  We are asking that if a deputy comes to your house, if possible, meet them outside to conduct business.  Also, please practice social distancing of 6 feet if possible.  We do not want to expose any of you and do not want our deputies exposed to unnecessary illnesses.   These changes will not affect enforcement of the law in Burnett County.  Those who break the law will be held accountable. 

Burnett County Law Enforcement and Emergency Services need your help to protect our citizens and visitors.  If you see or become aware of criminal activity, please report it to us.  If possible take photos or videos of what you are witnessing. 

Burnett County is a strong community and we will get through this.  We have proven to have the grit to weather many storms. 

I am proud to have served as a law enforcement officer for this community for 31 years.  I am honored to be YOUR Sheriff.  Please know that I have your best interests at heart.

Tracy Finch

 Burnett County Sheriff