Clarke's assistant told Washington Post on Saturday that the bombastic Milwaukee sheriff has told DHS Secretary John Kelly that he's withdrawing himself from consideration to become an assistant secretary in the Office of Partnership and Engagement.
Clarke, who was a vocal surrogate for President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, announced in May that he would be joining the administration as an assistant secretary in DHS, serving as a liaison with law enforcement at several levels across the country.
Since election day Clarke's name has been floated for a number of possible positions, including Federal Bureau of Investigation director after James Comey was sacked. "Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency".
The Milwaukee County Sheriff reportedly rescinded his acceptance of the position, which he was slated to begin in June.
Clarke is "reviewing options inside and outside of government", the statement said.
A DHS spokesman said by email Sunday that Clarke is no longer being considered for a position within DHS, though the agency had never confirmed Clarke's appointment.
He was hit by allegations last month that he plagiarized content in his master's thesis on homeland security, which he denied. In 2016, four inmates died while in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail within six months, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.