COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – With his wife at his side, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on Tuesday met the commissioners who called for his resignation face to face.
The county is investigating allegations of misuse of money and sex with subordinates.
Maketa assured the El Paso County commissioners that his department is running smoothly. He told them crime is down and arrests are up despite the turmoil surrounding him.
All of the commissioners have asked for his resignation in the past but Maketa has refused.
The sheriff was accompanied Tuesday by his wife Vicki who stood by him. She declined to comment on camera about the controversy but said she will when she’s ready.
The allegations by department commanders have included promotions and favorable treatment for females in return for sex with the sheriff. Maketa has denied those allegations as well as misuse of money for trips with female employees.
The commissioners wanted to ask Maketa if the department is running smoothly during the time of investigations and threats of litigation.
“I am not aware of any lawsuit being filed and I think when this independent investigation is completed it’s going to clear up a lot of myths that are going around,” Maketa told the commissioners. “I plan to come to work and do my job just like my people are, be there to support them, address their needs if they have a resource that is needed; and make sure we continue following the strategic planning process that I have continued from my predecessor.”
While Maketa was meeting with the commissioners opponents of the sheriff were busy getting signatures on a petition seeking his recall.
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