Sheriff Terry Maketa is on the defensive.
He won’t agree to our requests for interviews, but he is posting statements on the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office website.
Now, the sheriff is questioning that commissioner’s competency, while providing, what he says, is some evidence of payments for what’s been described as a mystery account.
The sheriff’s office still will not return phone calls to KRDO Newschannel 13 reporters or management.
But the sheriff will post strongly worded statements, the second statement was posted around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The newest statement blasts a county commissioner and calls for her job.
The releases shows check copies that were made from the county’s civil account to the county treasurer. Those checks were issued between 2007 and 2010.
It also shows a commissioner’s meeting agenda from April 2013, in which $653,000 were collected to the Sheriff’s Office budget.
In the statement, Maketa points out that former treasurer Sandra Damron signed those checks.
The sheriff also points fingers at Commissioner Peggy Littleton, claiming she cannot grasp complex issues.
“Considering I was the first one to ask him to resign, because of the allegations that had been made with the EEOC complaint, I can see why he has a bit of a grudge against me,” Littleton said.
She has been singled out in two statements now by Maketa.
First, challenged to provide proof that his office tried to keep the funds secret.
Now, he questions her competency and accuses other commissioners of changing their minds under “political pressure.”