District Attorney Dan May, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, interim Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey and Pueblo Police Chief Lou Velez were among several law enforcement types seen having lunch today at MacKenzie’s Chop House downtown.
“It was like law enforcement central,” a source said. “I don’t think they were there celebrating the Hooters case victory.”
Exactly what was going on?
Was it a liquor code investigation?
Was it a sting?
Was it a Christmas party?
Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller apparently didn’t appreciate being questioned about the purpose of the lunch.
“They’re having lunch for crying out loud,” she said.
After former police spokesman Sgt. Steve Noblitt intervened, Miller reluctantly agreed to look into the lunch.
A few minutes later, Miller called back to say that Carey was attending the Pikes Peak Quarterly Law Enforcement Luncheon. Miller said she had an agenda for the luncheon and that the group “discussed several items.”
But Miller, who was recently hired by the Police Department, refused to provide the agenda, saying it wasn’t part of the initial request for information.
Miller also refused to say whether the police chief — or taxpayers — had paid for his lunch, saying again that the question wasn’t part of the initial request even though the question was raised during the initial phone call.
“Send me a request with everything you want so I don’t have to go back 15 times and ask the chief for all this information,” she said.