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Sheriff Clarke no longer taking job with Homeland Security

Sheriff Clarke no longer taking job with Homeland Security

If he had taken the position offered to him, Clarke would have become an assistant secretary in DHS, serving as the go-between for local and state law enforcement agencies and their federal counterparts, who sometimes feel ignored by Washington, he stated at the time.

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

Clarke's withdrawal from consideration for the Homeland Security job was first reported by The Washington Post. As sheriff, David Clarke is in charge of the Milwaukee County jail; local authorities are now reviewing incidents where inmates died while in custody there.

"Sheriff Clarke is no longer being considered for a position within DHS".

Clarke called the storm over the jail deaths a "manufactured issue".

It's unclear if Sheriff Clarke will continue to lead Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, where he has served as its top cop since 2002. Most infamously, one mentally ill inmate died after being denied water for days.

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

Last month, the Naval Postgraduate School removed Clarke's 2013 master's thesis from its website and said it was reviewing his work after CNN reported the thesis included large sections that matched the work of others word for word.

Clarke has also faced longtime criticism over the conditions at the Milwaukee County Jail, which he oversees.

Clarke made the announcement on a talk radio show in Milwaukee on May 17 that he would be joining DHS, and was reportedly asked to join the administration a while ago.

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