EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is facing accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget.
The Colorado Springs Gazette first reported that Maketa allegedly has had sexual relationships with three female subordinates for years, traveling with them using public funds, promoting them to top jobs despite objections from commanders and threatening anyone he suspected of mentioning the relationships.
The newspaper said the allegations come from a seven-page complaint by three of his commanders that rebukes Maketa's term in office, accusing him of repeated sexual impropriety, discrimination, creating a hostile work environment, violating the civil rights of those who work in the Sheriff's Office, using intimidation to keep people quiet about his misdeeds and removing almost all oversight of the $60 million Sheriff's Office annual budget.
Maketa and the three women denied the allegations.
"I have never had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the three individuals you named. If you publish anything to the contrary, I am fully prepared to take legal action," Maketa wrote in an email to The Gazette.
Read more in the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Maketa has been in the news in the past two years for his opposition to new gun control laws in Colorado and his criticism of the Black Forest Fire Department chief's handling of the Black Forest wildfire.
Maketa was elected sheriff of El Paso County in 2002. He has since been re-elected twice. Due to term limits, he will be replaced in the November election.
The Sheriff's Office has a full-time work force of 786 employees and an annual operating budget of $63 million.