Petition To Recall Sheriff Maketa Circulating El Paso County

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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.




 
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