El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has issued a press release offering all media an opportunity to review the documents — $340 worth — that the Independent sought and went through to document its story in this week's paper.
Four TV stations have expressed interest but will be asked to pay the same amount the Independent paid for the sheriff's attorney Charles Greenlee to review and redact portions of the documents deemed protected by state open-records laws. That came to $130.60. If the TV stations want copies, they'll be charged the same rate the Independent paid, 25 cents per page, Greenlee tells us.
Meantime, yesterday Maketa held court at his office for the TV stations to take shots at the Independent's reporting on the apparent favoritism of his department to three employees — a detective who faces felony charges in a neighboring county for a weapons-related incident but now is working in the jail, the comptroller who received an 85 percent raise in her first three years on the job and a dispatcher who was allowed to pose nude and was promoted despite three internal affairs investigations, one of which resulted in a letter of reprimand.
The Independent wasn't invited to that session, by the way. Nor did any of the media members in attendance contact us for a response to Maketa's allegations that the report is somehow unreliable.
We stand by the story, in case anyone has a doubt.
Maketa apparently now claims there's some sort of "history" with the Independent reporting incorrect information about his department. That's hogwash, of course, and possibly is based on Maketa's contention that we intentionally misled the public by reporting he filed for office on Feb. 2, not on Feb. 11 as he claims. We have a copy of the Feb. 2 document that's clearly stamped as received on that date. This affidavit states that Maketa is a candidate for El Paso County sheriff in the 2010 cycle. His signature is dated 2-1-10, and the document is notarized by his employee, Jacqueline Doughty.
The Independent double-checked this week, just to be sure, e-mailing Richard Coolidge with the Secretary of State's Office. Here's his response: "We received it from the county when he filed with the El Paso County Clerk's office when the [sic] faxed to us on Feb. 1, 2010. We received the hard copy the next day, Feb. 2, 2010."
Stay tuned as this story unfolds further.
See related story in this week's paper: Star Treatment