Polarizing Sheriff David Clarke Says He’ll Take a Top Homeland Security Job

By | May 18, 2017

David A. Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff who once claimed that ISIS and Black Lives Matter activists were forming an alliance to destroy America, said on a radio show Wednesday that he would accept a senior position at the Homeland Security Department.

Appearing on a Milwaukee radio show, Sheriff Clarke said he would take over the office that coordinates the Department of Homeland Security’s outreach efforts for state, local, tribal, territorial governments and local law enforcement agencies. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

But the White House declined to comment on Sheriff Clarke’s announcement, and the Homeland Security Department, in an emailed statement, said that “such senior positions are announced by the department when made official by the secretary. No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made.”

On the radio program, Sheriff Clarke, known for his cowboy hats and brash statements, said, “I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position, working for the Trump administration.” (New York Times)

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