Sheriff Clarke Heading to Washington – WSAU

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:25 p.m. CDT by

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) – One of Wisconsin’s most controversial elected officials is headed to Washington D.C.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has announced he’s taken an assistant secretary position with the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke says he will work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position.” 

The sheriff is expected to start his new position next month.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who has repeatedly butted heads with Sheriff Clarke, says “our country deserves better,” claiming Clarke has engaged in “gratuitous name calling, insults of other public officials, questioning judges’ sentences. In general the focus is on what you should be angry about, not what to like.”

Clarke has served as Milwaukee County’s top cop since 2002, running as a Democrat but gaining a large following amongst Republicans due to his vocal support of conservative ideals, opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, and backing of President Donald Trump.

He has frequently appeared on Fox News and given speeches throughout the country, most notably at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Prior to being elected sheriff, Clarke spent more than two decades with the Milwaukee Police Department.