KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo |  Breaking News| Weather | School Closings | Traffic

Petition To Recall Sheriff Maketa Circulating El Paso County

By: KKTV/Kristin Haubrich Email
By: KKTV/Kristin Haubrich Email

Embattled Sheriff Terry Maketa is expected to speak in front of the El Paso County board of commissioners Tuesday amid calls for his resignation.

A petition is circulating right now to recall Maketa. The board of commissioners also voted unanimously last month to request Maketa's resignation. The commissioners do not have the power to make Maketa step down before his term expires; they can only censure him and urge him to step down. Maketa, whose terms ends in January, has said he will finish out his term as sheriff.

Maketa is at the center of a sex scandal investigation after allegations of misconduct and abuse of power surfaced. He's accused of having sexual relationships with three female subordinates.

So far the group behind the petition has collected more than 2,000 signatures in the past three days. In the next month they still need roughly 42,000 more. The recall group set up a table outside the El Paso County Courthouse Monday afternoon to collect signatures. If enough signatures are collected, the recall question would go on the November ballot.

11 News talked to local folks who signed the petition.

"I don't care if he's getting out in January, again it's justice. I'm accountable so he has to be accountable,” said Selanires Cortez Cinkosky.

If this does go on the ballot, it will cost taxpayers an estimated $20,000. The Clerk and Recorder’s office says that will cover the cost of adding additional staff to verify the signatures.

At the same time Maketa speaks in front of the board of El Paso County Commissioners about the operations of his office, his supporters are planning to come together. A rally is set to take place at 9 a.m. outside Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs.

11 News will be at that meeting and we'll let you know what happens.


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 263377761 - kktv.com/a?a=263377761