Sheriff focusing on his current office

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El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has received praise for his handling of the Black Forest Fire and his stance on gun control laws and many in the community think he should make a run for governor but he is not planning to run for office.

According to an article in the Gazette Maketa said he will not run for office and his announcement ends political speculation that he will.

In the article the Gazette states that Maketa wants a break and will focus on a family owned business in Alaska when his term for sheriff ends in 2014. The article also states that although there are no plans to run for office now Maketa doesn't rule out the possibility a few years down the road.

However on the sheriff's Facebook page Maketa said he never made an announcement and that he was asked to do an interview for a profile story.

“There was no abrupt announcement…he (the reporter) asked if I was looking at running for higher office. I told him no, and stated at this time I didn't see myself running for another office. I clearly told him I may change my mind at some point but that I didn't see that happening. It's actually pretty upsetting that I am claimed to have made that announcement when I never made an announcement I was interested in running for a higher office,” Maketa wrote on his Facebook page. “I still am very invested in fulfilling my responsibilities in the current office I hold.”

The Tribune attempted to contact Maketa for an interview but was told by the public information officer that he has chosen not to interview on this topic right now. The Tribune was referred to his Facebook page.