David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wi., says he has accepted a position at the Department of Homeland Security, Politico reports. Clarke said he will be an assistant secretary at DHS’ Office of Partnership and Engagement, which coordinates outreach to state, local and tribal officials and law enforcement. The position does not require Senate confirmation.
Clarke, who plans to step down as Milwaukee County sheriff next month, acknowledged that he’ll face a “steep learning curve” at DHS, but he said his experience as a sheriff will help him act as a liaison with local, tribal and state officials. A vocal Donald Trump supporter, he has come under fire over the deaths of several inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail, including Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year. A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against several jail staffers over Thomas’ death. DHS has not announced the appointment.