Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taken a job as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.
There has been no confirmation of this appointment by White House officials. He said he's leaving his current job next month but declined to give a date. The department said in a statement no decision has been made regarding the reported plan to appoint Clarke. "No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made", the spokeswoman said. "Four people, including a newborn baby and a mentally ill man, were found dead in Clarke's jail during a six-month period previous year", Moore said. Now in his fourth term, he has won each election by a wide margin of victory.
Clarke became the subject of national scrutiny when inmate Terrill Thomas died of dehydration after being deprived of water for seven days in a Milwaukee County jail.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, a critic of Sheriff Clarke, says she shook her head when she heard he would be moving to a federal agency. No Republican challenged Clarke for the office, and he enjoyed conservative support.
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Clarke frequently appears on conservative talk shows and Fox News to state his views on crime in the United States, and doesn't shy away from controversial statements about crime and African Americans.
The group Voces de la Frontera which has been challenging Clarke for his tough stance against unauthorized immigrants also reacted to his planned departure as sheriff.
State Sen. Chris Larson: "With this disturbing news, it's clear that Trump continues to betray the nation's trust with his appointment of Milwaukee County Sheriff as the newest member of the Trump Deportation Team". During one of those clashes in 2013, Clarke insulted Abele saying he had "penis envy". You will need someone who can look beyond a narrow police focus. Mayors are balking at draconian immigration enforcement efforts, police departments are challenging threatened action against sanctuary cities and Arab and Muslim communities are reeling from policies like the President's (now-halted) travel ban. "I think he's going to serve the administration well". Walker's office said the application process for interested applicants will last for about two weeks, followed by interviews. It had been rumored that Clarke was in the running for several appointments within the new administration.