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Re: “Our view: El Paso County sheriff

Parkview...why do you care if someone capitalizes a name? What's it to you anyway? You seem to really have a beef with Maketa. I'm just curious, what's the deal? You and a couple other bloggers sure have made some harsh accusations. Do you have PERSONAL knowledge of those accusations, or is it just simply that you don't like the man? If you've just "heard rumors", then that's all it is...rumors. You seem like a very bitter person. Stick your nose in someone else's your own!

Posted by intheknow on 08/05/2010 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Sheriff's race heats up as Maketa slams challenger Shirk's credentials

Wow Zubeck, you just don't stop. First, yesterday you post a picture that you stole from Maketa's campaign website and post it on the Indy. This was a picture from a website that is copyright protected. This is a crime. Shame on you and shame on the Indy for allowing it. Kinda odd though how today, it isn't to be found on your site.

Then today, you post this lovely little piece of dirty campaigning on Shirk's behalf. You have grossly misrepresented the facts, once again to feed your own agenda. Let's see...You start by stating that Shirk's 29 years at the Aurora PD before retiring as a captain, and his 35 years in law enforcement outweigh Maketa's 23 years. Well, for starters, Shirk obviously camped out in the captain's position because it was easy and comfortable. He must have been passed up for numerous Chief's positions during that time. Maketa, while Shirk was all cozy as a captain, quickly climed the ranks in the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

You put on a pedestal Shirk's education, while simply stating that Maketa completed several law enforcement courses, including a session of the FBI National Academy. That's quite a far cry from the whole story Pam. Since you most obviously visited his website, where you STOLE A PICTURE, you saw what was written there about his law enforcement training courses and affiliations. Let's see, there is the 1600 hours of specialized law enforcement training, the graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, the Graduate of the Police Executive Development Course, Board Member Co-Chair-FBI CJIS, Board Member FBI Advisory Policy Board for CJIS, Penn State Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Board Member - Pikes Peak Regional Communication Network (PPRCN), Member of the Colorado Cold Case Task Force, Member of the Governor’s Immigration Task Force, Member of the Medical Marijuana Task Force, Board Member - Pikes Peak YMCA, Board Member - Justice Advisory Grant (JAG), Board Member - Colorado Springs Fire Explorers, Past Board Member - El Paso/Teller County E-911 Authority, Past Board Member - Local Branch of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Past Board Member - Homeward Pikes Peak, and Past Board Member - Salvation Army.

Let's also not forget In 2008, Sheriff Maketa was awarded the Cornelia Sabine Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Physchological Society Award, 2008 and 2009, for his efforts addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system and the community. He was also awarded the 2009 Leader in Innovation from the Chamber for his unceasing exploration of innovative methods and creative approach to finding effective solutions as it related to the need for a Detoxification Facility in El Paso County.

The list of training and qualification that Maketa has just goes on and on. The JAG Board, Immigration Task Force and Cold Case Task Force boards were all positions that Maketa was appointed to by the Governor. Which boards or committees has Shirk been appointed to by the Governor? Yeah, that's what I thought. Oh, and how many times has Shirk testified in front of the Legislature? Maketa does this several times per year.

Zubeck likes to point out that Shirk oversaw nearly every division of the Aurora Department, including patrol and SWAT, while she states that Maketa spent most of his career in detentions and administration. Of Maketa's 23 years, roughly 7 of them were spent in detentions. Maketa has overseen training, SWAT, patrol, budget, Intake/Release, Internal Affairs, Personel, CJC, and yes, administration, which by the way, is what the Sheriff does.

Shirk, as a captain, did not directly oversee a $14millon budget, nor was he directly responsible for the 100,000 residents or 190 employees...he had to answer to someone above him, and someone above that person. Maketa, on the otherhand, directly oversees and is directly responsible for a $45 million budget in a county of 600,000. Shirk's Monument police chief job, where he oversees 20 people (as it states on their website) is a far cry from the responsibilities that Maketa has. The Sheriff's Office does their dispatching for them, has patrol deputies assisting them and helps with numerous aspects of their organization.

Zubeck, it's becoming more obvious with each story you write who your candidate is. You'd better start doing your homework.

Posted by intheknow on 05/13/2010 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Seeing double

Good point Not surprised, however the only ones who have infringed on copyright laws are the Indy and their very own Pam Zubeck.

Maketa's website, if she had taken the time to look, is copyrighted. By taking the photo from his site and posting it on the Indy, she has broken the law. The Indy better get their attorneys on this one. And, by the way, Maketa does have a copyright release from the photographer which gives him copyrights to use on brochures or other advertising materials, ie his website. Zubeck obviously shows her lack of integrity by failing to get all of the facts. Perhaps she does have this information, but as usual, chose to omit them in her efforts to misrepresent the facts.

Although Zubeck is free to take the photo from the county's website, I wonder if the county has received permission from the photographer to use the photo on their site. Seems to me this is another example of Zubeck's biased reporting. The woman obviously has an agenda, but she's getting sloppy.

Wonder if Zubeck has bothered to look at any other candidate websites. She may be surprised at what she finds on our own Attorney General's campaign site.

Posted by intheknow on 05/12/2010 at 11:31 PM

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