COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has quietly retired, two weeks before the end of his third term.
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. He apologized for what he called inappropriate behavior but refused to resign.
Maketa's retirement comes after 27 years with the sheriff's department, 12 of those as its leader.
Former Sheriff John Anderson tells The Gazette (http://bit.ly/174QbsA ) that Maketa's improvements to the department and the county jail could be overshadowed by the scandal. Anderson says he was a strong leader.
Criminal and financial investigations into his behavior are ongoing.
The new sheriff, Bill Elder, was sworn into office Wednesday.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com
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