Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke resigned from his position effectively immediately with more than a year remaining in his term, which runs through the end of 2018.

The colorful and controversial figure in the cowboy hat tendered his letter of resignation pursuant to Wisconsin statute to Gov. Scott Walker, who will be responsible for appointing a new sheriff for the state’s most populous county, home to the city of the largest city in Wisconsin.

Clarke did not provide a reason for his sudden resignation.

The 61-year-old African-American Democrat, who had served since 2002, became known for his tough stance on crime and immigration laws, as well as his defense of gun rights.

Clarke was highly critical of what he termed, “the hateful ideology” of Black Lives Matters, calling out the behavior of African-Americans, particularly young men, telling them to “Stop trying to fix the police. Fix the ghetto.”

He recently authored a memoir, “Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America,” that President Trump endorsed calling it, “a great book by a great guy.”

Sheriff Clarke was a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel providing an unsmiling, no-nonsense counterpoint to more liberal guests, earning a speaking slot at the 2016 Republican convention and suggestions that he run for public office.

After his support for Trump throughout the primaries and the general election, it was thought Clarke would receive a nod for a cabinet post, possibly head of the Department of Homeland Security, but he withdrew his name from consideration before it was confirmed that he was in the running.

Clarke issued a “retirement statement” to the press in conjunction with his official letter of resignation to Gov. Walker.

“After almost forty years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities. I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”

A Milwaukee native, Clarke served 24 years with the city’s police department – eleven yeas as a patrol officer before becoming a homicide detective.

He earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

The sheriff’s office has referred inquiries to an email address, but Clarke assured the press that he would soon announce his future plans.

Gov. Walker’s office did not comment on the resignation or a possible timetable for a replacement to be named.

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Source: Free Beacon

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