Kendall County Bd. member Amy Cesich and Sheriff Dwight Baird

Kendall County Board member Amy Cesich (left photo) quizzed Sheriff Dwight Baird (right) about his knowledge of how many deputies and staff have been vaccinated for COVID in his department. ( photos by James Wyman)

Kendall County Board member Amy Cesich grilled Sheriff Dwight Baird during Tuesday's meeting about whether Baird knows how many of his employees have been vaccinated for COVID.

Cesich told the sheriff that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death among law enforcement officers, and she asked Baird about the COVID-19 epidemic in his department.

Cesich then pressed Sheriff Baird about the COVID cases among law enforcement officials.

Cesich disputed Baird's statement that COVID is "like the flu."

That was Kendall County Board Vice-Chairman Matt Kellogg interrupting Cesich's questioning of the sheriff.  Chairman Scott Gryder was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

The Kendall County Sheriff's Office and the Kendall County Health Department do not enforce Governor J.B. Pritzker's mask mandate.  There is a sign on the door of the County Office Building where the county board meetings are held, which states: "In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 2021-2020, Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder has issued the following requirement: Face Masks Required."

However seven of the ten county board members do not wear masks during meetings and members of the audience are many times without masks.

Sheriff Baird did not return a phone message from WSPY regarding enforcement of the mask mandate.

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