Sheriff Clarke turns down Department of Homeland Security gig

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Clarke's decision comes a month after he told radio station WISN in Milwaukee that he would leave his post as sheriff in June to join the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke, a tough-on-crime conservative Democrat, announced last month that he was taking a job as assistant secretary in DHS's Office of Public Engagement.

Trump nominated Clarke for a position at DHS in April, but within days, allegations surfaced that Clarke had plagiarized portions of his masters thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reportedly has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump met with Clarke on his visit to Milwaukee on Tuesday, and they "talked about alternative roles for Clarke", Peterson told the Journal-Sentinel.

Clarke, a vocal supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign, is also a controversial figure.

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Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County executive, said in a statement at the time, "The appointment of Sheriff Clarke to a position meant to build partnership and engagement is not a decision made by someone interested in partnership or engagement".

Clarke said in the statement he thinks his skills could be better used in a "more aggressive role".

Seven workers at the county jail he oversees are at the center of a criminal investigation into the dehydration death past year of an inmate who prosecutors say was deprived of water as punishment.

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