Sheriff Terry Maketa has decided not to seek a third term as El Paso County Sheriff.
In an announcement this morning, Maketa said he has been approached with opportunities in the public and private sector.
“My family wholeheartedly agrees, it is time for me to explore some of these new opportunities and challenges,” he said. “This decision was not made without serious consideration.”
Shortly after the announcement, former El Paso County Sheriff Lt. Todd Evans announced that he will run for Maketa’s job this year.
In a statment, Evans said he will make a formal announcement tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Club. Evans, 42, described himself as a Republican and 12-year law enforcement veteran who would focus his campaign on inter-agency cooperation reducing overlapping services.
Maketa said he believes it would be a disservice to seek a third term, because it is unlikely he will finish another four years with the sheriff’s office.
Maketa has been a member of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for more than 22 years. He attended the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.