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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gestures as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke reportedly withdrew his name for DHS role


UPDATE June 17 8:37 p.m. EST:

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. reportedly withdrew his name from consideration on Saturday for a position at the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post. 

"Late Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary," said Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke. "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."

Clarke was expected to start his role at DHS at the end of the month, but his appointment was subjected to significant delays that contributed to his withdrawal.

The sheriff is a controversial figure, having been accused of plagiarizing his master's thesis, as well as failing to fix prison conditions that left one mentally ill inmate dead under his authority. 

Trump and Clarke reportedly met in Wisconsin on Tuesday where they discussed other possible roles. 

"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside of government," Peterson said. "Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency."

ORIGINAL STORY: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has accepted a position in the Department of Homeland Security, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Clarke will serve in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments. Clarke said part of his job will be to "take complaints of shortcomings in the Department of Homeland Security." Clarke said local law enforcement officials "feel like they're being ignored" by Homeland Security.

"I'm looking forward to joining that team," Clarke said Wednesday on Vicki McKenna's radio talk show WISN-AM.

Clarke's new position doesn't come without controversy. He's come under fire in the past for failing to address the four deaths that occurred in the County Jail in 2016 or any administrative changes he might have made there. 

Clarke has also been a reoccurring figure in Trump's campaign. He spoke at the July Republican National Convention in July 2017 and at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2017.

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