Sheriff Clarke retracts statements on Homeland Security job

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Sheriff David Clarke. Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)
Sheriff David Clarke. Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

MILWAUKEE- It appears that, at least for the moment, Milwaukee County is stuck with Sheriff Clarke and all the unprofessional antics and incompetence he brings to the county sheriff’s office. On Friday, Sheriff Clarke notified officials at Homeland Security that he “rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer.” Homeland Security had never publicly confirmed Clarke’s assertion that they had offered Clarke a job. Officials at Homeland Security noted that he was no longer a candidate for a position, which indicates that Sheriff Clarke may never have been offered a job at all.

The Associated Press writing for The Washington Post reports:

The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency.

The conservative firebrand said last month he was taking a job as an assistant secretary at the DHS, but the agency declined to confirm the appointment, saying it announces such senior appointments once the DHS secretary makes them official.

Craig Peterson, a political adviser to Clarke, said in a statement that the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday that he “had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer” to join the department. The Washington Post first reported on Clarke’s decision.

The tough-talking Clarke, who is known for his provocative social media presence, is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump. According to Peterson’s statement, Clarke said he “is 100 percent committed” to Trump’s success and that he “believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the President’s agenda in a more aggressive role.”

Read more at The Washington Post.