Written by: Randy DeSoto
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has accepted a top post in the Trump administration, he announced during a radio interview Wednesday.
“I will be leaving the position of sheriff to accept an appointment as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security,” Clarke told WISN radio in Milwaukee.
“I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position by [DHS Sec. John Kelly] working for the Trump administration,” he said.
Clarke, who is a registered Democrat, is nonetheless a hero with conservatives for his plain-talking ways on such issues as illegal immigration, Black Lives Matter and the Second Amendment.
The sheriff spoke at the Republican National Convention last July, where he expressed his support for Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.
Clarke’s name was recently floated as a potential replacement for James Comey as FBI director.
The Washington Examiner is reporting that Clarke, in his new role, will oversee the office of state and local law enforcement. He was offered the position last month.