WASHINGTON – Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said in an interview Wednesday that he has taken a job as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, reported Fox News.
The iconic-conservative sheriff told WISN-AM in Milwaukee that he will work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. He said he will start in June.
After hearing the news, most in law enforcement will applaud the move as Sheriff Clarke is widely respected among the troops.
Clarke, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, was a strong supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
The sheriff has been a lighting rod for liberal pundits. But his fact driven arguments coupled with his professional experience are unassailable.
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.
The jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office outlined a case for the jury suggesting that disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored.
Despite the investigation into his jail, Clarke remained popular with many conservatives, including some who had been trying to get him to run for U.S. Senate next year against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
(Feature image: Sheriff David Clarke speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore.)