Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking Homeland Security post

Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking Homeland Security post

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep concern over reports that Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.is likely being considered for an appointment as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The move, unconfirmed by the department, drew a mixed response from law-enforcement officials.

Clarke said in an interview on WISN-AM on Wednesday that he had taken a job as assistant secretary and would start in June. Jenny Burke, a spokeswoman for the department, said that appointments are announced once they've been made official, according to the Associated Press. He's been one of Trump's biggest cheerleaders, frequently praising the president's every move on Twitter, where his brash social media presence has earned him over 600,000 followers. Local prosecutors say inmate Terrill Thomas, 38, didn't have access to water for a week and died of dehydration in his cell in April 2016. "Four people, including a newborn baby and a mentally ill man, were found dead in Clarke's jail during a six-month period a year ago", Moore said. Clarke was in charge of the jail at the time of passing, through the grand jury ultimately decided that they "did not recommend criminal charges against Sheriff Clarke". "No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made".

He has been called "a wild-card", "outspoken and polarizing", and "a conservative firebrand", by the Associated Press, which also noted that Clarke has called himself "one of those bare-knuckle fighters".

Clarke was a high-profile surrogate for Donald Trump during the campaign, earning him a prime time speaking role at the Republican National Convention.

Clarke has been Milwaukee County's sheriff since 2002. During one of those clashes in 2013, Clarke insulted Abele saying he had "penis envy". "That's a part of the landscape that has come from Obama; he's an Alinskyite [a reference to left-wing activist Saul Alinsky], and he knows you have to create a critical mass", Clarke told WND.

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"It's going to be a huge learning curve for me".

Tom Evenson, spokesman for Walker, said his office had not yet received a formal resignation letter from Clarke.

Whoever Walker picks will serve the remainder of Clarke's term, which runs through the end of 2018.

In explaining the appointment process, Walker's office did not offer congratulations or any reaction to Clarke's news.

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