Recall effort for El Paso County sheriff falls short

Organizers pushing to get signatures to recall El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa say their effort has fallen short.

While the group said they have more than 48,000 signatures, they don't have enough to cover the 10 percent added buffer to ensure the recall effort will move forward, KRDO TV reported Saturday.

The group needed 44.387 valid signatures.

The organizers also said  it would cost taxpayers about $20,000 to start the signature verification process, and since they are not confident they have enough valid signatures, they are not moving forward.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is accused of having affairs with three co-workers and reportedly gave them preferential treatment in the Sheriff's office.

In May, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners voted no confidence in the sheriff, and asked Maketa to resign.

Sheriff Maketa denies the allegations, and says he intends to remain in office until his term is over in January.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder put out a press release today saying in part:

"The Colorado Constitution bans any further attempts to recall Sheriff Maketa as he will be within six months of the end of his term after today. "

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