The deadline to file a petition with the Bent County Clerk's Office to recall Sheriff Dave Encinias has passed, meaning initial efforts in recent weeks to oust Encinias failed.

The deadline to file a petition with the Bent County Clerk's Office to recall Sheriff Dave Encinias has passed, meaning initial efforts in recent weeks to oust Encinias failed.

Bent County Clerk Patti Nickell confirmed last week that petitioners Randy Losey, Rachel Grinstead and Sharon Branch informed her office that they had not intended to file the petition prior to the April 8 deadline, which would have prompted a special election. According to Nickell, a special election would have cost Bent County between $8-$9,000.

Petitioners requested the initial paperwork citing Encinias' "lack of management and leadership of Bent County and the jail facility; proven lack of investigation of the multitude of burglaries in the county that have valid evidence provided by victims; crackdown on drug problems, burglaries, attempted home invasions, random shots fired in residential areas; lack of communication by the Sheriff and deputy employees to citizens victimized by crimes; lack of response by the Sheriff's Office upon valid inquiries or requests by victims of crimes via email, phone, and in person visits to the sheriff's office; and denying the service of protection of the citizens of Bent County, Colorado."

Petitioners were to obtain at least 262 valid signatures, which is equal to 25 percent of all the votes cast (1,047) for Bent County Sheriff during the 2014 general election.

Encinias took action as a result of the petition, holding a community meeting to answer questions and discuss his role as sheriff with community members last month.

Encinias was re-elected in 2014 and will serve as Sheriff pending the 2018 election cycle, when he will be up for re-election.