Sheriff Clarke Won't Take DHS Post

Posted: Jun 17, 2017 10:00 PM

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who was an early and vocal supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy, will not take a job as an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke's advisor, Craig Peterson, said:

"Late Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary. Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role.

"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government. Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency."

Clarke was expected to start at the end of June.