Sheriff David Clarke has just accepted the job of assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke will be working in the department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments.
Clarke spoke with Vicki McKenna on the talk show on 1130 WISN Radio, saying, “I’m looking forward to joining that team.”
He will start the job in June and not everyone is happy especially the left. The man Clarke will be replacing is Philip A. McNamara, and he took to Twitter to complain about his successor.
— Phil McNamara (@philindc) May 17, 2017
Clarke has come under criticism for being a strong supporter of Donald Trump and even campaigned with him.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who is no friend of Clarke’s has said America deserves someone better in this post.
“For the country I love, the last thing America needs is another loud voice angrily and unproductively telling you who to blame and who not to trust,” Abele said in a statement.
One of Clarke’s new responsibilities would be to “take complaints of shortcomings in the Department of Homeland Security,” he said.
Clarke said he had informed Gov. Scott Walker of his decision to take the federal post and expected to advise Walker on the appointment of a successor to complete his term.
First appointed sheriff in 2002 and Clarke won election to a full four-year term later that year.
He started as a patrol officer with the Milwaukee Police Department in 1978. Clarke was promoted to detective in 1989 and became lieutenant of detectives in 1992.
In 1996, Clarke was promoted to police captain and named commander of the department’s 1st District. He became commanding officer of the department’s intelligence division in 1999.
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