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Sheriff Terry Maketa
Terry Maketa is our current El Paso County Sheriff. He has been a member of our community since 1978 and graduated from Widefield High School. Terry and his wife, Vicki, married in 1986 and have two children, Katie, 24, and Brian, 20.
In 1987, Terry joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Terry’s career began as an entry-level deputy in the Detention Bureau where he worked all three major divisions and became very knowledgeable of detention-related issues. Promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1993, Terry supervised up to 30 full-time employees. Since 1996, when Terry was promoted to Lieutenant and soon after Commander, he has held key management positions in Patrol, SWAT, Financial Services, Professional Standards, Concealed Handgun Program, Records, Fleet, Communications, Training, and Information Services. Terry was overwhelmingly elected Sheriff of El Paso County in November of 2002. Sheriff Maketa is the twenty-seventh Sheriff of El Paso County and is the first Sheriff’s Office employee to work his way up through the ranks and be elected Sheriff. He is currently serving the first year of his third term as Sheriff. He is responsible for operational issues involving a full-time work force of 782 employees and an annual operating budget of $63 million. As the top Law Enforcement Official in the county, he is statutorily responsible as custodian of the jail, acts as fire warden, is in charge of fire expenses, transportation of prisoners, and execution of writs. He attends courts, preserves the peace, supplies command aid, issues concealed handgun permits, and has search and rescue responsibility. He has completed over 1500 hours of specialized law enforcement training, including successful completion of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Terry is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, County Sheriffs of Colorado, FBI National Academy Associates, NRA, and holds board positions on the Pikes Peak Regional Communications Network (PPRCN), The El Paso/Teller 911 Authority Board, the Justice Advisory Grant (JAG) Board, the Criminal Justice Information Steering Advisory Policy Board (CJIS APB), the Criminal Justice Information Steering Committee (CJIS), and the DNA Task Force.
Terry has also provided testimony before various committees of the Colorado State Senate as well as the House of Representatives on Law Enforcement Legislation.
He enjoys motocross racing, home improvement projects, restoring his 1969 Camaro, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and spending time with his grandson, Chase.
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