Mr. Jensen is incorrect. I did not receive a phone call from the Sheriff at the time Ms. Cardarelle was injured while skiing, or anytime thereafter seeking my advice on obfuscating his presence. It follows that I did not so advise him. I also at no time was "offered the position of Undersheriff."Teri Goodall also sent us some information, as follows:
Regarding the request for County Attorney's "recusal." I reiterate that on May 13, 2014 the Board directed that all matters of representation of the County be handled by outside counsel. The law firm of Sherman and Howard was immediately retained for this purpose. Sherman and Howard has further contacted an independent investigator employed by Mountain States Employer's Council. Sherman and Howard, and not the County Attorney's Office, will be directing the independent investigation. By design created before the request for "recusal," the role of the County Attorney's office will be severely limited at best.
As is customary in most independent employment investigations, neither the County Attorney assigned as the point of contact for this matter (usually our employment attorney, Diana May,) nor the BoCC, nor staff will be privy to interviews, statements or conclusions until such time as the investigation is concluded.
You are correct, I was his agent for his 2010 campaign and did that job willingly. I saw Terry changing in different ways over the last 4-5 years. My watershed moment when Terry was no longer my friend, was when he told me he "had" to endorse John Anderson. I knew Terry disliked Anderson immensely. When I questioned him why he was doing this, he told me he offered Jim Reid a "deal" for his endorsement, but Jim would not commit. Terry said he offered Anderson the deal and Anderson took it. Reliable sources told me that one of the conditions of the deal involved Terry contracting with the Sheriff's Office after his term was up. I believe it is highly unethical to give a conditional political endorsement which allows you to benefit financially in the future. Anderson publicly stated there never was any deal, but those were Terry's words to me. One of them wasn't being truthful.On that note, it's odd Anderson would cut a deal with Maketa after Anderson didn't endorse Maketa in the 2010 election, but chose Todd Evans instead. Evans is now Fountain police chief who hired Bill Elder under a contract as deputy chief in Fountain. Elder is the presumed next sheriff, having defeated Reid and Anderson at the county assembly.
I have a working relationship with Sheriff Maketa. I believe he supported me in both of my general elections, and I have supported him as Sheriff in at least two of his election cycles.Here's Jensen's letter:
I have never traveled with him. I have consumed food with him seated at the table only in conference settings with numerous staff and other elected officials included; i.e. awards banquets or budget conferences - two of those, I believe. I do believe Vicki was there for one of those events. I may have eaten a muffin next to him at a county assembly over the years. I have not associated with him socially outside of political or work events.
I have the same working relationship with Sheriff Maketa as I do with Clerk and Recorder [Wayne] Williams or Treasurer Bob Balink or Commissioners [Darryl] Glenn, [Dennis] Hisey, Littleton or Clark, or any other of our elected officials, several of whom I've supported over the years in various elections and vice versa. Several of those folks have also supported or been supported by Sheriff Maketa.
There is absolutely zero conflict of interest or appearance of bias. In addition, commissioners will not be performing any aspect of any investigation and therefore there is no opportunity for anything to be "tainted" as you put it.
We supported you because we believed you were the best person to lead the sheriff's office. Your hard work and leadership was an inspiration to us, your staff, the entire office and the citizens of El Paso County.Not only did both donate money to Maketa's campaigns, but Goodall was the Maketa campaign's registered agent in 2010, after the Independent reported on his questionable activities. In this role, she filed campaign finance reports. She was an insider, in other words.
How did you get to where you find yourself today?
Somewhere along this almost 12-year journey you lost sight of the oath you swore to uphold. You arbitrarily exempted yourself from policy. Rules that applied to all personnel no longer applied to you.
Your time as sheriff has run its course.