Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke takes job with Homeland Security


Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he's taking a job with the Trump administration.

Clarke said on WISN's Vicki McKenna Show, "I'll be a liaison with state and local governments and with the private sector, and one that's really near and dear to me - liaison with the state, local and tribal law enforcement", according to an online recording of the show posted on the station's website.

"I'm both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position", Clarke said.

Clarke said that in his new role, which does not require Senate confirmation, he will "take complaints of shortcomings in the Department of Homeland Security".

Asked about Clarke's announcement, an administration official told the CNN "The position in question is a secretarial position and is therefore a question for DHS".

Clarke became a familiar face in the months leading up to the election as a surrogate for the Trump campaign.

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In the radio interview Wednesday, Clarke said he had spoken several times with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The department was created in the wake of 9/11. He is also a questionable law enforcement figure. Courtesy of Fox Business and YouTube.

Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which represents police chiefs from the country's largest cities, said Sheriff Clarke's ideas "don't match exactly with the chiefs in the major cities". The search for a successor, Evenson said, won't begin until Walker's office receives that notice. Walker's office said the application process for interested applicants will last for about two weeks, followed by interviews. The group has recently been critical of Clarke for his desire to have his sheriff's deputies trained to carry out the duties of immigration enforcement officials as part of the federal 287g program.

Last year, the frequent Fox News guest earned more than $105,000 in speaking fees - nearly as much as his sheriff's salary - at more than three dozen events across the country.

That's how Clarke himself came to hold the job in 2002.

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