EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

Most of the interviews in the investigation of El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa are finished, county spokesman Dave Rose said Wednesday.

Rose also alluded to a new development in the probe being conducted by an investigator hired by county commissioners.

"Questions were raised in the course of some of the interviews that have caused (the investigator) to look into other areas," he said.  "I can't really tell you where they are on progress.

The commissioners are not provided with regular updates.  They probably will never be provided with any specifics unless it comes through some sort of court action.  That's being done to (preserve) it as an independent investigation."

Rose did not indicate when the investigation might end.

Maketa is accused of creating a hostile work environment, having inappropriate relationships with three female employees, including comptroller Dorene Cardarelle, and misusing taxpayer money. 

In May, commissioners unanimously asked Maketa to resign, but he has maintained that he won't.  An effort to recall Maketa from office was dropped.