This has been a difficult time for El Paso County. What we need right now from our elected representatives is thoughtful leadership, and not political grandstanding.
On Thursday of last week, the BOCC voted unanimously to ask for Sheriff Terry Maketa's resignation, and they did not take this step lightly.
Four of the five members of the BOCC needed time to investigate the recently published allegations against the sheriff, in order to make a calm, rational decision in the best interests of their constituents.
We need leaders who will take these necessary steps to protect our county without disregarding due process.
For anyone who believes in due process, it was shocking to see Commissioner Peggy Littleton call for Maketa's resignation prior to a proper review.
In one of her many interviews, Littleton told a Denver TV station that she had been "the recipient of a couple of letters that were rather inflated and demeaning and angry and bullying in nature from the sheriff."
“If Commissioner Littleton felt bullied by the sheriff, then why did she not take steps before now?” asks Jariah Walker, candidate for county commissioner in District 5. “How did she think his employees felt working under him all of these years? Her actions are too little, too late.”
What is needed in District 5 is a county commissioner who will do the right thing when nobody is looking — not a politician who seizes the spotlight.
"As a moderate, I don't have to play the games that some of our elected officials think they need to play," says Walker. "There is no line for me to toe. I am a business owner with deep roots in El Paso County. My sole responsibility will be to safeguard our community's interests."