Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke rejects Homeland Security position

Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke rejects Homeland Security position

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reportedly has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will not join the Department of Homeland Security as an assistant secretary, his adviser Craig Peterson told The Washington Post on Saturday.

While the DHS never confirmed any of this, Clarke said in May that he'd be taking a role in the department by the end of this month.

Clarke was expected to start the DHS role in June, a Trump administration source told the Post that the appointment was subjected to delays - and that's in part why the sheriff withdrew. He was to serve as a liaison between DHS and local and state law enforcement agencies. To be fair, Clarke's claim that he was up for a DHS position came entirely from him and his own camp. "No such announcement with regard to the Office of Partnership and Engagement has been made". As some political observers have contended, Clarke could be even a more effective Trump surrogate without the constraints of a government bureaucracy.

Clarke called the storm over the jail deaths a "manufactured issue". Terrill Thomas died in 2016 of severe dehydration after being denied water for seven days.

Seven workers at the county jail he oversees are at the center of a criminal investigation into the dehydration death a year ago of an inmate who prosecutors say was deprived of water as punishment. Clarke's thesis is being reviewed by the school, and Clarke has fired back by calling CNN's Andrew Kaczynski a "2-bit college dropout."

Also, county auditors were looking into allegations of waste and fraud involving Clarke for his handling of an incident at Mitchell International Airport after his run-in with a 24-year-old Riverwest man on a Milwaukee flight earlier this year.

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