Washington, D.C. - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has withdrawn himself from the position of Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, according to Washington Post.
Sheriff Clarke had been expected to start working for DHS at the end of June, but that the appointment had significant delays which reportedly contributed to the sheriff's withdrawal.
"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 formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary," said Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke, according to Washington Post. "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."
"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."
Sheriff David Clarke has been surrounded with controversy lately, but there's no reason to believe that the controversy had anything to do with the delays or withdrawal.
At one point, the mainstream media was fired up over the number of pins that Sheriff Clarke wears on his uniform. Some random military veteran on the internet incorrectly assumed that a law enforcement uniform was the same as a military uniform, and claimed that Sheriff Clarkes pins were effectively fake military medals.
Many mainstream media outlets picked up the ridiculous non-story, without one of those journalists bothering to contact anybody in law enforcement.
Personally, I have earned over 10 pins from department I've worked at. Each of which have various amounts of significance. The pins represent anything from representing a high score at firearms qualification, total years of service, participation in special events, etc.
My department's policy allows me to wear three pins at once. In contrast, Sheriff Clarke can wear as many pins as he wants because he's the sheriff and makes his department's policy.
After publishing the initial story, the Washington Post went so far as to waste countless hours identifying the pins on Sheriff Clarke's uniform, and they determined that none of them were actually military medals.