Deputy retires over Wyoming sheriff’s ban on Western attire

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PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — The new sheriff of a Wyoming county has banned his deputies from wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots, a change that led one to retire rather than give up his Western attire.

Sublette County Sheriff Stephen Haskell imposed the new dress code in the county that includes Pinedale, which True West magazine recently named a true Western town.

Haskell is requiring deputies to wear black trousers, a tan shirt, black boots and a black ball cap, saying the change is for safety and uniformity.

That led Deputy Gene Bryson to retire last Friday after 28 years with the department and about 40 years total in law enforcement.

The 70-year-old tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he’d rather retire than stop wearing his brown cowboy hat, brown cowboy boots and vest.

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