EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Allegations that the El Paso County Sheriff's Office ordered two former employees to notarize several hundred commission cards in 2017 were deemed unfounded by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Thursday.
The Independent reported on November 8, 2017, that some employees with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office ordered Richard Dietz and David Mejia to notarize commission cards in 2017, which were obtained in 2015. The Independent went on to say that neither Dietz or Mejia witnessed the signatures.
Commission cards are given to people who are being sworn into the El Paso County Sheriff's Office by the Sheriff.
The Sheriff's Office called on the CBI to take over the investigation. Several interviews were conducted. El Paso County Sheriff's Office staff laid out the circumstances surrounding the event where Sheriff Bill Elder conducted an Oath of Office/Swearing-In ceremony for hundreds of commissioned deputies.
The CBI said, "Based on the results of the interviews and additional investigation conducted by CBI Agent in Charge Wright, it was determined no evidence existed to substantiate that threats and intimidation took place against Dietz and Mejia that would have forced them to violate existing notary rules.