Nov 14, 2013 11:46 PM by Tony Spehar

Mayor: Green Mountain Falls still safe despite shake-up in law enforcement

The town of Green Mountain Falls is safer than ever according to Mayor Lorrie Worthey as the El Paso County Sheriff's Office has taken over law enforcement duties after the resignation of Town Marshal Tim Bradley last week.

The issue of whether or not to keep the position of Town Marshal has caused heated debate in Green Mountain Falls over the past few months, with some community members planning recalls of members of the town board of trustees as the arguments escalated. Many wanted to keep the position despite plans to possibly build a sheriff's substation in the town. Last week's resignation forced the issue and the sheriff's office quickly stepped in as the marshal's office was closed down.

News 5, after hearing concerns from residents about response times, asked Mayor Worthey if she was concerned about how well the sheriff's department could handle their new duties in Green Mountain Falls. She said she had met with Sheriff Terry Maketa and was confident the town will be kept safe.

"He is committed to putting patrols up and making sure that the area is covered," Mayor Worthey explained. "I think there are more eyes watching us now than ever before."

The issue over the town marshal is far from over though, on Thursday night the group Concerned Citizens of Green Mountain Falls met and decided to launch a campaign to recall five members of the town board of trustees.



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