Former Fountain police chief Todd Evans' days of holding two law enforcement jobs are winding down.
Named El Paso County Sheriff's Office chief deputy of support on March 9, Evans has been collecting $56.82 per hour for 24 hours a week, or $5,455 a month, to oversee administrative functions. He does not yet receive benefits, says sheriff's spokeswoman Jackie Kirby.
He's also still on the payroll at the city of Fountain, training his replacement as police chief, Christopher Heberer. Evans has been paid $8,209.40 monthly, or $98,613 a year, for the full-time training gig, which began the day Heberer started on Feb. 2. Heberer is paid $104,000 a year, a Fountain city official says via email.
Heberer, a retired 20-year Army soldier, served as Fort Carson's director of emergency services, according to Fountain's website, and holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in security and organizational management.
Evans, who served 12 years with the Sheriff's Office with SWAT, the K-9 unit, as a training officer and with the gang unit, left in 2007. In 2010, he said he'd challenge former Sheriff Terry Maketa's bid for a third term but bowed out due to health concerns and became Fountain chief later that year.
On July 15, Evans gives up the Fountain job and switches to full-time status under Sheriff Bill Elder, who served as Evans' deputy chief in Fountain for several years, including while he campaigned for the sheriff job. Evans will be paid an annual salary of $118,199, plus benefits.
As deputy chief, Evans oversees such operations as human resources, IT, records, and budgeting and finance. That last function had been handled by the comptroller, but that title and position were eliminated through a reorganization as Elder took office in January, Elder says.
The former comptroller, Dorene Cardarelle, who was paid more than $100,000 a year and exchanged salacious emails with Maketa leading to media reports of their relationship, ("Star treatment," March 11, 2010), left her job in early 2015 due to the reorganization, Elder says.
Assistant County Attorney Diana May says Cardarelle wasn't paid severance pay but was paid for time worked plus two weeks, and accrued vacation and sick leave, a total of $27,364.
Cardarelle hasn't threatened to sue, but the county has received "an EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] charge and complaint relating to Ms. Cardarelle," May says via email, noting the documents cannot be released to the public because they're related to "an open investigation."
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