David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff and frequent Fox News guest, announced his surprise resignation on Thursday, a move that has his fans wondering what he will do next.
“After almost 40 years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities,” Clarke said in a statement. “I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”
Clarke, who has made a national reputation for himself as one of the toughest lawmen in the country, did not immediately say why he was leaving the job so abruptly, though spokespeople say he is resigning to take a non-governmental position. Clarke was in the middle of his fourth term as sheriff when he turned in his resignation. He has served as Milwaukee County’s sheriff since 2002.
Despite what those around Clarke have said about that “nongovernmental position,” there have been reports that the sheriff could have an eye on a spot in the Trump administration. Clarke is an unapologetic supporter of the 45th president, and the feeling is mutual. Just this week, Trump actually gave Clarke a valuable endorsement on his new book with a shoutout on Twitter. Some are speculating that Clarke could take over for John Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke is officially a Democrat, but he’s endeared himself to conservatives with his hardline stance on gun rights, his honesty about the dangers of Black Lives Matter activism, and his uncompromising position on the evils of radical Islam. It appeared that he was set to take a job with Homeland Security in June before a plagiarism scandal derailed the move.
“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump, and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role,” said one of Clarke’s advisers in a statement turning down the job offer.
Alas, things can change quickly, especially when it comes to this administration, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Clarke take a position in the federal government – even if it is in an advisory capacity.