3 El Paso County Sheriff's Office commanders escorted out, now on leave, Gazette reports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three commanders at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office were escorted out of the building Monday and put on leave, according to the local newspaper.

The commanders reportedly filed a complaint against Sheriff Terry Maketa, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Officials told the Gazette three people had been placed on administrative leave, but said it was not as a result of an EEOC complaint.

The commanders involved are Mitch Lincoln, Rodney Gehrett and Rob King, according to the paper.

Last week, the sheriff's office issued a statement vowing to hold two commanders accountable for talking anonymously with the Gazette.

A story published Saturday said some commanders felt pressured to nominate Maketa for an honor presented to first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty.

This isn't Sheriff Maketa's first dispute with his fellow law enforcement agents.

Maketa got into a dispute with Black Forrest Fire Chief Bob Harvey, after Harvey told a reporter that the Black Forest fire on June 11 was probably intentionally set.

Maketa responded with a statement saying the investigation is his responsibility and he said the fire chief may be covering up his mishandling of the fire response.

Maketa has also been involved in disputes with Colorado lawmakers.

Last May, Maketa accused Senate Democrats of extortion, saying they would be more likely to approve salary increases if sheriffs supported expanding gun control bills.

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