Sheriff Terry Maketa's picture

Sheriff Terry Maketa

Sheriff Terry Maketa


Terry Maketa is our current El Paso County Sheriff.  He has been a member of our community since 1978.  In 1987, Terry joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.  He was overwhelmingly elected Sheriff of El Paso County in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006.  The local community extended the state limit of two terms to three, allowing Sheriff Maketa to be elected for a 3rd term in 2010, with 82% of the votes.  Sheriff Maketa is the twenty-seventh Sheriff of El Paso County and is the first Sheriff’s Office employee to work his way up through the ranks and be elected Sheriff.

He is responsible for operational issues involving a full-time work force of 786 employees and an annual operating budget of $63 million. As the top Law Enforcement Official in the county, he is statutorily responsible as custodian of the jail, acts as fire warden, is in charge of fire expenses, transportation of prisoners, and execution of writs. He attends courts, preserves the peace, supplies command aid, issues concealed handgun permits, and has search and rescue responsibility.

Sheriff Maketa has a strong track record for increasing the quality of life, and coming up with innovative ideas for maintaining and improving customer service, community response and technological advances during these financially difficult times.  El Paso County is one of the largest counties in the State of Colorado, yet under Sheriff Maketa’s leadership has maintained the lowest cost per citizen.

Currently, Terry speaks nationally and internationally on leadership development, value based strategic planning, and organizational change management.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (LEEDS) and the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI).  He brings over 1600 hours of specialized law enforcement training including Penn State’s Police Executive Development Course (POLEX) and FEMA’s Integrated Emergency Management Course.

Sheriff Maketa currently serves on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Advisory Policy Board (CJIS APB) and the FBI Criminal Justice Information Western Working Groups (CJIS).  He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, International Chiefs of Police, County Sheriffs of Colorado, the Western States Sheriffs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and the NRA.

Sheriff Maketa has served on the board of Pikes Peak Regional Communications Network (PPRCN), the Justice Advisory Grant (JAG) Board, the El Paso/Teller 911 Authority Board, YMCA Advisory Board, the Criminal Justice Information Steering Committee (CJIS), the Criminal Justice Information Steering Committee Advisory Policy Board (CJIS APB), FBI DNA Task Force NCIC Sub-committee, the Governor’s Immigration Task Force, and the State Cold Case Task Force.  He also served on the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute Advisory Board.

Terry has also provided testimony before various committees of the Colorado State Senate as well as the House of Representatives on Law Enforcement Legislation.  In 2008, he was awarded Cornelia Sabine Award for Outstanding Leadership for his efforts addressing mental health issues in the criminal justice system and the community.  He was 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.

Terry met his wife Vicki and married in 1986; they have two children, Katie, 25, and Brian, 21 and two grandchildren.

Email Sheriff Terry Maketa