Sheriff Terry Maketa Provides Facts Concerning Business Travel

June 10, 2014

In light of the Gazette article, “Sheriff’s Office releases travel records for Sheriff Terry Maketa, female subordinates,” Sheriff Maketa would like to take an opportunity to provide facts surrounding his business travel.

Due to the Sheriff’s responsibilities and oversight of all areas of the Office which span across the Law Enforcement Bureau, Detention Bureau and Support Services, he is required to travel for business purposes with a high level of frequency.  In addition to his attendance at various conferences, it is common for command level personnel or other Office members, male and female, to also attend these conferences in an effort to stay up to date on best practices within the Law Enforcement industry and remain current with training mandates.

Since Sheriff Maketa took office in 2003, he has traveled for business on 95 occasions.   During all trips, any expenses which were directly related to the conference and within the guidelines of the County budget policy were deducted from the Office budget.  Any expenses the Sheriff or any other employee may have incurred outside the conference schedule such as site seeing in the local area or recreational activities would not have been billed to the County but paid by the Sheriff or the employees themselves.

Sheriff Maketa is committed to holding public comment on the allegations expressed in the EEOC complaints until the independent investigation is complete.  However, it’s concerning that local media relies solely on unsupported accusations for their coverage, thus exaggerating stories and implying a level of wrongdoing that is untrue.  For example, in the article which appeared today, accusations were made by retired Chief Joe Breister regarding Tiffany Huntz using her own money to purchase airline tickets to join the Sheriff on two trips to Las Vegas.  What is not mentioned is the fact that on each of these trips Sheriff Maketa’s wife, Vicki, and Tiffany Huntz’s husband, John, were also present.

Other inaccuracies are also printed and insinuated in the article.

Sheriff Maketa respectfully asks citizens and members of the media to allow the independent investigation to be completed and rely on the facts it will reveal.  

MR 14-038