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Commissioners respond to EPC Sheriff's Office release

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - El Paso County commissioners issued their response Friday (6/20) morning to a release issued by the Sheriff's Office Thursday.

In that release, was personal information about a deputy who spoke up about morale issues in the office. 

That deputy was cited in a Gazette article published Wednesday night.  The deputy told Gazette reporter Dave Phillips that morale meetings are being conducted by internal affairs deputies.

The Gazette did not give the deputy's name.  Hours later, the Sheriff's Office released her name along with personnel records from her time with the office.

Friday (6/20), the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners issued a response to that release.  The Board says that "media releases of this sort are unacceptable and serve only to underscore the ongoing disruptions to operations as well as the lack of leadership within EPSO."  You can read the full statement here.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is accused of having inappropriate relationships with three women in his office and promoting them to positions they didn't deserve. He also is accused of creating a hostile work environment.  Three commanders have filed a formal complaint against him. Since then, at least two other employees have also filed formal complaints.

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