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May 29, 2014 3:12 PM by Eric Ross, David Randall

El Paso County Commissioners vote unanimously to ask Maketa to resign

UPDATE: The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to ask Sheriff Maketa to resign.  Maketa will have to decide if he leaves office or not.  They cannot force him to do so.

EL PASO COUNTY - County commissioners are meeting Thursday morning.  On the agenda, is a discussion about how to handle the accusations against El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa.  Sheriff Maketa had been under investigation by the commissioners after allegations that he promoted under qualified female staff members to key positions after becoming romantically involved with them.  The commissioners removed themselves from the investigation after retaining outside counsel.

Many of these accusations came to light after an EEOC complaint was filed by three members of the EPCSO command staff. Those staff members were placed on leave shortly thereafter. The Sheriff's Office denies that there is a connection between the commanders being placed on leave, and an employment complaint.

The exact wording of the agenda item is below: 

Addendum:
9. Discussion, possible statement and/or action relating to Sheriff Terry Maketa; which action may include but not be limited to public censure and/or demand for resignation. (Dennis Hisey - Chair, Board of County Commissioners/Amy Lathen - Vice Chair, Board of County Commissioners)

Click here to watch a live stream of the meeting (not hosted by KOAA).

Click on the link below to read a statement released by El Paso County Commissioners Thursday afternoon: 

Statement.pdf

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