The Milwaukee County Sheriff that caused a commotion when he said he was up for the job of assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn his name from consideration. But a political adviser to Clarke says the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday, June 16, 2017, that he "had rescinded his acceptance of the agency's offer" to join DHS.
Clarke is known for his vocal support of President Donald Trump.
DHS never actually acknowledged the appointment, but the paper says Clarke was supposed to start the new position at the end of the month - until unspecified "delays" got in the way.
Clarke is notorious in Milwaukee for the disproportionate size of his media presence as compared to the actual size of his role in the city's sheriff's department.
Homeland Security and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Department of Homeland Security, created after the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and the Pentagon, includes agencies that handle customs, border protection and immigration, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and the Secret Service.
"The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside the government", Peterson said. "This appointment is a disgrace".
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.
The cowboy hat-wearing sheriff found national notoriety during the presidential campaign for dismissing the Black Lives Matter movement as "anarchy". Most recently, he has been under investigation in connection with the death of an inmate.
Clarke faced significant pushback over his reported position, which intensified after CNN's KFile team found out that he plagiarized 47 parts of his 2013 master's thesis with the Naval Postgraduate School.