El Paso County Commissioners have approved $120,000 to settle claims against former Sheriff Terry Maketa and other department employees.
The county approved $85,000 in a case alleging unfair retaliation after claims of sexual harassment. The other settlement pays $35,000 for allegations of civil rights abuses and a hostile work environment. A portion of the funds will come from the Sheriff's Office while attorney fees will be paid by the county's risk management fund.
The settlements are the third and fourth claims approved by the board of commissioners in lawsuits against Maketa and other department staff. One lawsuit is still pending.