Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke announced that he will soon be employed by the Department of Homeland Security. On Wednesday, Clarke told host Vicki McKenna on a Wisconsin radio station that he will be leaving his current post. In November, Clarke met with President Trump after having endorsed him at the Republican National Convention. Clarke had been rumored to be a potential pick for the job that went to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
No official announcement of Clarke’s appointment has been made.
Clarke ran for sheriff as a Democrat but has broken with the party over issues such as appropriate police response to illegal immigrants. He became a hero of the conservative movement and was an early supporter of Donald Trump. Clarke has called the leftist Black Lives Matter movement “vile” and “slimy.” He once suggested in an interview with Alex Jones of Infowars that gun owners might respond with a “second American Revolution” in the face of restrictive gun laws.
Clarke will work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement at DHS as a deputy secretary as a liaison with state, local, and tribal law enforcement and governments, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His responsibilities, he said, will consist of taking “complaints of shortcomings in the Department of Homeland Security” and added that “they feel like they’re being ignored.” Clarke will not need a confirmation hearing for his position, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel