In a change of course the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will now make Sheriff Terry Maketa's video apology to his staff open to the public. A spokesman for the EPSO emailed the KRDO Newschannel 13 newsroom just after 5 p.m. Friday.
Earlier this week The Denver Post requested access to the Maketa video through the Colorado Open Records Act. On Thursday, Charles Greenlee, the legal adviser to the Sheriff's Office denied the newspaper's request on the basis that the video apology was not public record.
The original decision came as a surprise to local attorney Greg Givens.
"It's formal announcement about his tenure," the lawyer argued. "He makes a public apology apologizing for his behavior. They can't cut out his apology. They have to disclose the entire context of his speech."
Originally, Greenlee provided this statement regarding the matter to KRDO in part reading: "The mere fact that the video resides on a county server or was made by a public official using publicly funded resources does not make it a public record."
Givens didn't buy Greenlee's argument.
"This is something that concerns the citizens of El Paso County," Givens said. "This is a sheriff who's been in office for three terms. The public is entitled to know all the facts."
El Paso County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Kramer told KRDO Newschannel 13 the Maketa video apology in its entirety will be made available Monday.