Colorado sheriff accused of affairs, mismanagement

COLORADO SPRINGS — Three department commanders say El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa had inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, abused those who questioned the alleged affairs, and removed all oversight of the department’s $60 million budget.

Maketa, the face of calm during last year’s Black Forest Fire, denies the claims reported by The Gazette (http://bit.ly/1m1IjJF ) Friday and threatened legal action if the newspaper published the allegations.

The allegations come from a complaint submitted to county commissioners on May 12 by three of Maketa’s commanders: Rodney Gehrett, Mitchel Lincoln and Robert King. It names three women alleged to have had sexual relationships with Maketa: Undersheriff Paula Presley; comptroller Dorene Cardarelle and the head of training for dispatchers, Tiffany Huntz.

The women have denied having a sexual relationship with Maketa, who is married.


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