Jan 21, 2010 5:27 PM by Andy Koen

Sheriff Maketa will not seek re-election

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announced Wednesday that he will not seek a third term in office this November.

In a prepared statement released Wednesday morning Maketa said it was with a "heavy heart" that he came to his decision.

"I have been approached with several opportunities in the private and public sectors," Maketa said.

"These are opportunities which may not always be available and would certainly increase the quality of life for me and my family."

Maketa did not specify what those opportunities are, but suggested that they may interfere with his serving a third term.

"I believe I would do a disservice to seek third term with a high probability of not seeing it through the full four years," he said.

Maketa said he never intended to be a "career politician," and that he is committed to seeing the office succeed and to making a smooth transition in 2011.

"I know in my heart, I have always done what I believe is best for the Office and our community," Maketa said.

One of Maketa's former deputies, Lt. Todd Evans, also announced his candidacy for the sheriff's race.

Steven Palmer, Evans' campaign manager, said the 12 year law enforcement veteran had been planning to run against Maketa in the Republican primary in April and that news of Maketa's decision to withdraw came as a surprise.

Former sheriff and long time supporter John Anderson will introduce Evans as a candidate at news conference Thursday.

El Paso County Democratic Party Chairman Jason DeGroot said they had fully expected Maketa to run for a third term and that at this point no democratic candidates have announced plans to run.

However, DeGroot said not having an incumbent to run against is likely likely change that.

Maketa has worked for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for the last 22 years.  He was elected as sheriff in 2002.

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