David Clarke appointed DHS Assistant Secretary, Partnership and Engagement

May 19, 2017: Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David Clarke said on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, that he has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Partnership and Engagement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Clarke said he is scheduled to work as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Clarke said he scheduled to leave his current job next month, June, 2017, but he declined to give a date. "I'm both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position," Clarke said during an interview with WISN-AM. DHS Spokesman Jenny Burke said in a statement that "such senior positions are announced by the Department when made official by the Secretary. No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made." Craig Peterson, a Spokesman for Clarke, said Clarke would not comment further and that "he felt the need to tell folks he had accepted the position so the governor could get the ball rolling" on appointing a successor.

Attribution: The Associated Press, WISN-AM

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