Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke accepts position with DHS
By Daniel Terrill
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke before his meeting with then President-elect Trump in Trump Tower.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a conservative speaker known for divisive commentary, said Wednesday he has accepted a federal appointment for assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke made the announcement on a conservative radio show in Milwaukee, saying “I’m looking forward to joining that team.”
He said he would be serving in DHS’s Office of Partnership and Engagement. In that position, he will act on behalf of Secretary John Kelly and serve as a liaison for the federal department connecting with local and state law enforcement agencies, according to DHS’s website.
Clarke, who has been has been gaining popularity among conservative groups, including the National Rifle Association, for the past five years, was an early supporter and surrogate for Donald Trump during his campaign for president. Early in the Trump Administration, Clarke had also been tapped for a higher position in DHS.
Homeland Security has yet to confirm the appointment, only saying “senior positions are announced when made official by the secretary. No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made.”
Clarke will leave his local position amid controversy. Nearly three weeks ago, seven staffers of