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Dave Philipps

Investigative Reporter

  • Source says Sheriff Maketa orders morale meetings

    Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Facing possible lawsuits, calls to resign, and a recall petition, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has ordered mandatory "staff inspection" meetings to discuss morale. A patrol deputy who was in one of the meetings with eight other personnel Wednesday said many of the deputies...

  • Group begins seeking signatures in Sheriff Maketa recall effort

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    A group that wants to recall El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa hit the streets Monday seeking signatures to get the recall on the November ballot. More than 60 volunteers are trying to gather 44,373 signatures from registered voters to get the recall on the ballot. As of Monday...

  • Attorneys question independence of probe into El Paso County Sheriff's Office

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Two attorneys representing employees of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said they are concerned an investigation into possible wrongdoing by Sheriff Terry Maketa is not truly independent. The El Paso County Commissioners commenced the investigation in May following allegations...

  • City attorney directs Utilities employees to label emails in effort to avoid public disclosure

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Colorado Springs Utilities is attempting to dodge releasing information about the Drake Power Plant fire by instructing employees to include the term "attorney-client privilege" in all emails discussing the May 5 fire there. Top supervisors in Utilities energy division told employees...

  • Defending her man: Vicki Maketa speaks out on media, accusations of husband Sheriff Terry Maketa

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The wife of El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has stayed out of the public eye since a scandal erupted in May over allegations the sheriff had multiple affairs with subordinates in his office. That changed this week. On Thursday, she rallied in front of the Sheriff's Office with...

  • Maketa: 'I am staying here until this investigation is completed'

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    At El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa's first press conference since allegations he had engaged in sex with subordinates, he warned reporters not to ask questions about the ensuing scandal. The press did anyway. Maketa appeared before a phalanx of cameras representing nearly all the...

  • Sheriff's Office releases travel records for Sheriff Terry Maketa, female subordinates

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    In 2008, El Paso County Sheriff's Office comptroller Dorene Cardarelle spent hundreds of taxpayer dollars attending a budget conference in Breckenridge. At the condo the Sheriff's Office had rented, she discovered a trail of notes leading to a doorstep covered in rose petals, according...

  • Path cleared for Coffman measure to protect vets

    Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    A measure created to protect troops injured in combat from being unfairly discharged for misconduct was added to the House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act last week, all but assuring that it will become law. The amendment by Rep. Mike Coffman of...

  • County, FBI and DA launch probes into allegations against Maketa

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    In the wake of allegations published Friday in The Gazette that El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa had sexual relationships with three subordinates and promoted them to top jobs, the El Paso County Commissioners held an emergency session and the FBI indicated it is looking into...

  • Accusations cloud Sheriff Terry Maketa's future: Commanders' complaint alleges affairs, budget improprieties

    Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is embroiled in accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget that could stain his 12-year career and sink future prospects for one of the most powerful local Republicans. Maketa...