Embattled El Paso County Sheriff Maketa to face commissioners

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Tuesday will be the first time El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will face county commissioners since they told him to resign a few weeks ago. And while that is going on, a group of residents are hoping to gather about 44,000 signatures in hopes they can get a recall on the ballot.

Despite being asked to resign, Maketa said he will finish out his term in January. And although commissioners voted unanimously, it's not mandatory that Maketa step down.

The last time Maketa was in public, he provided an update on the Black Forest Fire and the attention quickly turned to his alleged affairs and how he was running his office.

"As I've said I am staying here until this investigation is completed," Maketa said. "There's a lot of fact that are going to come out after this independent investigation is completed and I think the community deserves to hear those facts before any more judgments, executions or determinations of guilt are made."

"Nobody is pointing a finger," commissioner Peggy Littleton said. "These are allegations and i really would ask, just think about others, not self, in humility earn back a bit of the public trust. earn back the respect that you once held in this community and resign."

Since Maketa is an elected official, he cannot be forced out of office unless there's a recall. The hearing is expected to begin at 9 a.m.



  • Anonymous

    oh….the sheriff wants us to wait and hear the results of an independant investigation? Like the one Black Forrest did and the sheriff insisted was slanted and tainted? Aren’t all “independant” investigations tainted? That’s what he wanted us to believe before. What’s new?

  • annpirie

    What a total waste of taxpayers’ monies, both from the standpoint of those working for the government wasting their time and from the standpoint of what recalls cost, for someone who is term limited and a done deal within months.

  • Randy Stagner

    We at Join the Effort to recall Sheriff Maketa, in our 6th day of collecting Signatures to Recall, proudly announce we are over our schedule of 2000 signatures a day and this grass roots momentum , We did not believe at the time we filed such a Petition it would grow and garner such support. We continue to ask where is the Investigations supposedly started over a month ago that should have started 4 years ago with the same allegations.Our Local District Attorney Dan May, our State Attorney General John Suthers ( former DA of Elpaso County ) and the reported FBI investigations as to the implied allegations of criminal wrong doing. We ask why are you not filing the Criminal Charges, why are you putting this burden upon the Voters of El Paso County who at one time elected this individual and shall remove him, to do the very job you were elected to do please do not say, he will be leaving anyway in January. We the People of this recall Will send a message to each and every Elected Official in Colorado , that while we are currently focused on this issue at hand, we as well have you in our agenda and WE can and will assure you, once you are elected, you are not protected by the laws that are so outdated {and will be changed } that affords you to snub the voters, we shall proceed, one after one. This matter that comes before us WE the People we The Voters, Taxpayers, and concerned citizens, shall excersise our right to place and remove you. I remain, Chair Randall S. Stagner Join the Effort to Recall ( Sheriff Maketa )

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