Lawmakers angry over stay-in-place order want Douglas County to sever ties with health department

Republican lawmakers from Douglas County are urging county commissioners to cut ties with the Tri-County Health Department after the agency announced it would requiring residents to stay at home beginning Thursday.

The six Colorado lawmakers — including Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock — sent commissioners a letter Wednesday after they learned that the health agency was issuing the order despite opposition from at least two Douglas County commissioners.

“We consider it unacceptable that a contracted health agency could somehow ignore the will of a majority of our elected and accountable Douglas County Commissioners,” the letter states.

Holbert also said that public health experts shouldn’t be able to overrule elected officials.

He added that he commended the way Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has handled the pandemic. Polis has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

A spokesperson for the Tri-County Health Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.