Public Safety & Justice

Changing His Mind, Milwaukee Sheriff Rejects DHS Job in Trump Administration

June 19, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has withdrawn his name for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security — a job he said a month ago he had accepted.

A DHS spokesman on Sunday confirmed that Clarke was no longer being considered for a position within the department, according to the Associated Press.

"We wish him well," the spokesman told the AP.

Clarke formally withdrew from consideration of the job late Friday by notifying Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, according to a statement from Craig Peterson, a close adviser to the sheriff.

"Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role," Peterson said in the statement.

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