Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke salutes the crowd prior to delivering a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18.

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Though the DHS has yet to confirm, the controversial sheriff would no doubt be a dangerous choice.

Veronica Hilbring
May, 18, 2017

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has announced that he would accept a senior position in the Homeland Security Department. Clarke has been an ardent supporter of President Trump.

Clarke appeared on Vicki McKenna’s Milwaukee radio show and said he would be heading up the office that handles outreach efforts for local, tribal, state, territorial governments and local law enforcement agencies. It’s important to note that this role does not require Senate confirmation.

There has been no confirmation of this appointment by White House officials. The Department of Homeland Security released the following statement, “The position mentioned is a secretarial appointment. 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.”

Phillip McNamara, who currently occupies this role, voiced his disdain for Clarke’s apparent appointment.

Sheriff Clarke has been under intense scrutiny due to four deaths, including a newborn, that occurred inside of the jail he oversees. The most recent case was the death of 38 year old Terrill Thomas last April, who died of dehydration after guards turned off the water in his cell for a week.

A jury recently recommended felony charges for seven employees of the jail in that case.