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Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke takes job with Homeland Security

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taken a job as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.

The conservative firebrand told WISN-AM talk radio host Vicki McKenna on Wednesday that he will work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. He says he will start in June.

A DHS spokesman didn't immediately reply to a phone message and email.

Clarke has become a conservative darling through his provocative social media presence and was a strong supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

The appointment comes just two weeks after an inquest into the dehydration death of an inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail recommended criminal charges against as many as seven staffers. Clarke wasn't among them.

DHS declines to confirm Clarke appointment

The Department of Homeland Security has declined to confirm that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be joining the agency.

Clarke said in an interview on WISN-AM on Wednesday that he had taken a job as assistant secretary and would start in June. Clarke says he would be serving as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

DHS spokeswoman Jenny Burke says those appointments are made by the Homeland Security secretary and are announced only when they've been made official. Burke says the department has no such announcement about Clarke.

Clarke has become a conservative darling through his provocative social media presence and was a strong supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Walker will appoint replacement to Clarke as sheriff

The job of replacing David Clarke as sheriff in Milwaukee County will fall to Gov. Scott Walker.

Clarke announced Wednesday that he intends to resign in June to take a job with the Department of Homeland Security as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says once Clarke submits his resignation letter the process of appointing a successor can begin.

Whoever Walker picks will serve the remainder of Clarke's term, which runs through the end of 2018. There is an election in 2018 for the full four-year sheriff's term.

Former Milwaukee police captain Earnell Lucas is running and says he will ask Walker to appoint him. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John Siefert also says he plans to run in 2018. Both are Democrats.


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