- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa offered an endorsement to a candidate for sheriff in exchange for personal favors, mishandled internal affairs investigations and had inappropriate relationships with three women in the department, an independent investigator said Thursday.

Ray Deeny, with the law firm Sherman and Howard, presented the results of the independent probe to county commissioners during a private meeting and gave a summary publicly afterward. The findings have been forwarded to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (https://bit.ly/1rXcoMG ).

County spokesman Dave Rose said the report will not be released because of the ongoing CBI investigation. He added that county commissioners would not comment.

Maketa, who played a leading role in responding to fires in the Colorado Springs area last year, is accused of having affairs with three female subordinates, creating a hostile work environment and budget improprieties. He has apologized for what he called inappropriate behavior but said he would not resign.

The sheriff is term-limited and will leave office in January.

Maketa’s assistant, Cheryl Sundheim, told The Associated Press on Thursday the sheriff could not comment about an ongoing investigation. Sgt. Greg White, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, also said Maketa would not comment.

The three commanders who filed the complaints against Maketa in mid-May have also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is conducting its own investigation.

Nine claims have been filed with the county seeking $3.9 million in damages, and a financial investigation of the sheriff’s office is being conducted by an independent accounting firm.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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