Three commanders from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office have been placed on paid administrative leave for alleged policy violations.
The sheriff's office confirms the administrative leave is due to a pending investigation into the violations, but declined to elaborate further. The office would say that the leave is not because of a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
County commissioners confirmed there had been a complaint filed, but could not legally say why.
The sheriff's office would also not release the names of the three commanders, but The Gazette reports it's Mitch Lincoln, Rob King and Rodney Gehrett.
Adding to the confusion, the sheriff's office announced last weekend plans to "remove" two commanders for telling the newspaper they were pressured into nominating the sheriff for an award. How--or even if--all of this is connected is unknown.
A spokesman with EPSO told 11 News that there is "no definitive timeline" for how long the administrative leave will last, but that the commanders will remain on leave until the investigation is complete. In the interim, the sheriff's office says there will be acting commanders appointed to fill the positions temporarily. EPSO has not chosen who the three acting commanders will be, but says those in acting positions are typically members of the sheriff's office who are one rank lower than the position they are temporarily filling, and assigned within the same division.
Through his spokesperson, Sheriff Terry Maketa said "there will be no disruption to emergency response or service delivery of any kind while these internal matters are being addressed."
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
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.