El Paso County
5:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

El Paso County Commissioners Vote 'No Confidence' in Sheriff; Seek Resignation

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa/Bio Photo
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa/Bio Photo
Credit Staff Photo / El Paso County

El Paso County Commissioners gave a unanimous vote of 'no confidence' to Sheriff Terry Maketa today, and asked for his resignation after allegations of misconduct.  KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.
 

Commissioners say the vote isn’t about guilt or innocence and that investigations into employee complaints and allegations including sexual discrimination, budget mismanagement, and a hostile work environment are underway.

Board members say the decision comes after what they see as compromised leadership, and a failure to live up to high personnel standards of the department. 

"I’m asking the Sheriff," said Commissioner Peggy Littleton, "along with my colleagues, put others before yourself.  In great humility, gain back the respect of the citizens that you once had and do the right thing and resign."  

Earlier this week, Littleton expressed her desire for Maketa to resign.  

The Sheriff issued a statement Tuesday saying he plans to complete his term, which ends in seven months.  That statement also said he will not be commenting on the allegations or investigations.

Read the official statement signed by the commissioners here [.pdf].
Read the original report from the Colorado Springs Gazette that brought up the allegations here.