David A. Clarke Resigns As Milwaukee County Sheriff: Report

August 31, 2017 Updated: August 31, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke resigned from his position on Thursday, according to reports.

It’s unclear why he submitted his resignation.

TMJ4 reported that Milwaukee County Clerk George L. Christenson confirmed the development on Thursday, saying his resignation was received at 3:17 p.m. local time.

“Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 17.01, this communication is submitted as the notice of my resignation as Sheriff of Milwaukee County commencing Aug. 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.,” said Clarke’s resignation letter, according to JSOnline.com.

He was attending the convention of the National Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tennessee. and couldn’t be reached for comment. He tweeted at 2:20 p.m. that he was at the convention.

As 1130 WISN Radio reported, Clarke is taking a “non-government position.”

Gov. Scott Walker will name a new sheriff until 2018’s election for Milwaukee County.

In June, the sheriff withdrew his name for Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2002, Clarke was appointed sheriff by then-Governor Scott McCallum. He was in his fourth term as sheriff.

He’s been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and critic of Black Lives Matter. Trump recently tweeted an Amazon.com link for Clarke’s recent book.

The move was first reported on by radio host Mark Belling.