The mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, Joyce Warshaw resigned this Tuesday, saying she had received death threats over a citywide mask mandate
Warshaw said the criticisms began coming at her after the mandate was announced last month and eventually escalated into threats of violence. “They were loud, aggressive, scaring me and my family. – she told The Washington Post – I’d really like to think they’re just words. But people are angry right now and I can’t be sure of anything.”
Warshaw, who was re-elected to a second term, became the city’s third female mayor in 2015. After Governor Laura Kelly announced the mandate in November, authorities in predominantly Republican Ford County said they would not abide by it – but Dodge City voted for the new rules.
Warshaw says she was persuaded to support the mandate by expert testimony and her daughter’s experience with the coronavirus personally. She also confirmed that police are investigating the threats she received.
In a letter Tuesday, Warshaw thanked her colleagues, calling Dodge City “a great place to live, work, have fun and raise a family”-and stressed that, nevertheless, she no longer “feels safe.” According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 193,288 cases of COVID-19 infection in Kansas and, as of Wednesday, 2,109 deaths from the virus.