Sheriff Clarke withdraws name from consideration for DHS position

Posted June 19, 2017

Clarke said in May he would be leading law enforcement outreach for Homeland Security's Office of Partnerships and Programs but the White House and Department of Homeland Security failed to confirm the job offer.

An adviser to Clarke told that the sheriff had officially notified Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly late Friday that he had rescinded his acceptance.

Clarke adviser Craig Peterson said the sheriff believes he is of better use to President Trump "in a more aggressive role".

Trump and Clarke met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles in which Clarke could help advance Trump's agenda, the Washington Post reported, citing Peterson.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency.

"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government", Peterson told the Post.

Clarke spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July.

DHS never actually acknowledged the appointment, but the paper says Clarke was supposed to start the new position at the end of the month - until unspecified "delays" got in the way.

He was hit by allegations last month that he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, which he denied. He has also faced backlash for his management of a Milwaukee County Jail, in which an inmate died of dehydration after going a week without water, according to prosecutors.

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