Stephen Mitchell 
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Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs police chief to Douglas Bruce: You're 'obnoxious'

So - Bruce sent the emails to the Independent hoping to drum up some sympathy and support. Hmmm, looks like that backfired brilliantly. #epic_fail

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Posted by Stephen Mitchell on 07/03/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Cock of the walk

"David Slanton" - I had a real hard time figuring out what you were saying because your grasp of proper English is deplorable...but I digress.

That said - you think the people filing the complaints "stole" text messages? Really? You realize that would require the people making these complaints to install spyware on these phones ahead of time right? Possible - but HIGHLY unlikely since they would've had to know before the fact that they wouldn't be selected for the promotions. Besides, much of the evidence against Maketa are emails (NOT text messages) that went through county servers...which then makes those emails the property of the county. As such, they are saved for a period of time (one reason is for cases just like this) and they can be pulled if needed.

I believe, as you do, that these relationships were consensual. I don't think Maketa made any promises or said "Hey, have sex with me and I'll promote you." However, based on the evidence, I suspect that because of these consensual relationships, the individuals in question were granted special consideration or favors. But even then - it's unethical (especially considering he's married) and doesn't justify the Sheriff LYING about it when confronted. After all, he's supposed to be the highest ranking law enforcement officer for El Paso County - a position that should have a high degree of honesty and integrity.

Now - maybe these promotions were legitimate. But based on the information at hand I highly doubt it...especially the promotions of Huntz. I've dispatched for Riverside and San Diego counties in CA and Hillsborough county in FL and I can tell you - if I or any other person I worked with done what she had - they would have been walked out the door - literally. If they had somehow kept their job, they most certainly wouldn't have been promoted to supervisor within seven months of the incident over other more qualified dispatchers - especially given the the IA investigations she'd just been through. On top of that, the email from Maketa to her stating that the Undersheriff had been advised and would be looking for her appeal also suggests that she was being "protected."

In Cardarelle's case - maybe she's worthy of the position. But the fact that she was promoted to this position over other, more qualified individuals (who had actual account degrees) while having an affair with Maketa makes her promotion HIGHLY suspect.

All of this is based on my past experience in law enforcement and my objective view of the evidence. I say objective because I no longer work for any law enforcement agency so I have nothing to gain or lose one way or the other. Your comments, on the other hand, appear a bit more subjective and makes it appear that you have some kind of vested interest in all of this - primarily because you're the ONLY one here defending the people in question. It actually leads me to believe that you ARE one of the people involved. Whether you are or not doesn't really matter. What does matter is that the integrity of our Sheriff is in question. If he cheats on his wife with subordinates and lies about it, then what makes you think that he wouldn't also promote or protect someone because of his relationship with them?

At this point, however, I'm not passing judgement him - only pointing out what has already been presented and why your claims don't make any sense.

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Posted by Stephen Mitchell on 06/18/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “City has hired third parties for dozens of worker complaints

Add to this that the Mayor is outsourcing city jobs to low paid contractors...putting people OUT of work instead of creating the jobs he promised when he took office. Don't try to bring this up on Facebook page though because he'll delete it and then ban you from posting. He did it to me...apparently, he doesn't like negative criticism, in which case, he shouldn't be in politics.

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Posted by Stephen Mitchell on 10/07/2013 at 8:26 AM

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