El Paso County to pay more than $200,000 for claims against former sheriff


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to settle claims against former Sheriff Terry Maketa.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports (http://bit.ly/1FjzusL ) that then-sergeants Emory Gerhart and Charles Kull filed claims in March and May 2014 against Maketa, former Undersheriff Paula Presley, the Sheriff's Office and El Paso County. Both men accused Maketa and Presley of harassment and emotional abuse.

The settlement agrees to $120,000 in monetary damages for Kull and $87,920 for Gerhart.

This is the first settlement by the county since Maketa, who played a leading role in responding to fires in the Colorado Springs area last year, was accused of having affairs with three female subordinates, creating a hostile work environment and budget improprieties.

Criminal and financial investigations into his behavior are ongoing.

Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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