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Re: “Star treatment

EPSC Employee, you beat me to it. Just so everyone who has taken any time to read this blog knows, there are very few employees who will risk speaking out and for very good reason. Anyone who is fired from a Law Enforcement agency finds it nearly impossible to get hired in the profession again. This past week the warning was issued yet again, "ANYONE WHO IS IDENTIFIED AS HAVING SPOKEN TO THE MEDIA, BLOGGING OR OTHERWISE DISPARAGING THE SHERIFF AND THIS OFFICE WILL BE DEALT WITH".... The reason that this type of warning has such a dramatic effect is because employees of any Sheriff's Office in Colorado, by statute, "works at the pleasure of the Sheriff". That means we are all "at will employees". We have absolutely NO PROTECTION from discharge.
I have spent many, many years in this agency. I have been promoted and worked hard and enjoyed many different assignments. I AM NOT A DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE. I am not a supporter nor do I work for the campaign of ANY political candidate for Sheriff or any other office.
While many of the comments here have been true, some are of question, but those are of a very small number. If the readers of this blog outside the Sheriff's Office, the rest of the media and the public at large really cared about what was going on, you would not allow this story to end. Like what has been said, these revelations are but the tip of the iceberg and many of us know it and are embarassed by them all. We cannot speak out, we will be fired! Documents are available via the public records act! Pressure can be brought to bear for the Sheriff to address and explain these issues and the many more to the BOCC and the public and not just brush them off in front of cameras. He will never take a polygraph, don't believe that for even a second, he knows exactly what the outcome will be. Sheriff Maketa has now tightened his cone of silence by force, threat and intimidation and if you don't believe it, ASK TO BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO EMPLOYEES AND MAKE HIM PROMISE IN PUBLIC THAT THEY WON'T BE FIRED! BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED IF HE SAYS NO OR WANTS TO HAND PICK THE PEOPLE SPOKEN TO! But either way, know this, there are "secret investigations" going on right now in an attempt to ferret out the people who have already written, commented or spoken out. If discovered, they will be dealt with and if Sheriff Maketa is re-elected they will be terminated. And then, there is not a damn thing anyone can or will do about it!
I will end this with how many of us feel, we are proud of the work we do and the people of this community we serve. We LOVE this profession or we wouldn't do what we do and we want to keep doing it right here! We are however, deeply embarassed by the outright selfish and self promoting actions of a few who feel privledged. If you ask anyone who finds a way to speak without fear, they will tell you that it is time for change. It is time to regain some form of esprit de corps. Term limits are a good thing because "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"! A more appropriate statement does not exist.

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Posted by disgustedatMaketa on 03/14/2010 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Star treatment

I make a few calls and hear how Maketa and his staff have actually threatened the employees with termination if they say anything about the Sheriff publically. They were reminded that they work at the PLEASURE of the Sheriff and it won't be tolerated... REALLY? HIS PLEASURE? You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! Does he think he is the king or is he really that full of crap! And then to challenge them to take a polygraph and you will too?... knowing that you've made that threat? .. Seriously? flush them out and then fire them? This isn't about them, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOU KNOW IT! I DARE YOU TO FIRE SOMEONE NOW! I'LL SPEARHEAD THE LEGAL FUND THAT WILL SUE YOU PERSONALLY FOR ANY ACTION YOU TAKE AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE FOR SPEAKING OUT!
Don't think this won't be made public Terry! You should be ashamed of yourself and you know it! ALL of your trysts (and these 2 appear to be just the first of them and to the woman who has resigned numerous times only to be talked out of it... and you know who you are... it's only a matter of time!) and these are apparently well known by everyone in that office.
To all of you supporters of this egomaniac - you should really have some 1st hand knowlege BEFORE you stick up for him. This guy is a dismal embarasment to the profession. He should have stayed in the "not running for Sheriff" category and saved us ALL! You should have really considered your family BEFORE you acted like so many men before you... you pig!

Posted by disgustedatMaketa on 03/12/2010 at 8:43 AM

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