Sheriff David Clarke reverses acceptance of Homeland Security role

Washington Post Sheriff Clarke withdraws name from consideration for DHS position	 	 	 			Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

The conservative firebrand said last month he was taking a job as an assistant secretary at the DHS, but the agency declined to confirm the appointment, saying it announces such senior appointments once the DHS secretary makes them official.

Sheriff David Clarke announced in May that he would be joining the Department of Homeland Security, but he has changed his mind and rescinded his acceptance of that post, it was announced late Saturday. Clarke says he believes he could help promote President Donald Trump's agenda "in a more aggressive role".

The Milwaukee County Sheriff reportedly rescinded his acceptance of the position, which he was slated to begin in June.

Clarke is notorious in Milwaukee for the disproportionate size of his media presence as compared to the actual size of his role in the city's sheriff's department.

Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County executive, said in a statement at the time, "The appointment of Sheriff Clarke to a position meant to build partnership and engagement is not a decision made by someone interested in partnership or engagement".

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Homeland Security and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He would have worked with such policies had he been confirmed for the Homeland Security job.

Clarke is "reviewing options inside and outside of government", the statement said. "This appointment is a disgrace".

The cowboy hat-wearing sheriff found national notoriety during the presidential campaign for dismissing the Black Lives Matter movement as "anarchy".

In addition to the plagiarism charges, Clarke has always been the subject of charges that his department has mistreated prisoners and suspects alike during his tenure.

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