Milwaukee County Sheriff Responds To Conduct Problems Within His Department

Conduct 'Something That We Work On Daily' Says David Clarke

Above, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaking at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is responding to a series of conduct problems in his department.

Clarke is officially a Democrat, but he’s a big supporter of Gov. Scott Walker and a backer of conservative causes, including the state’s concealed carry weapons law. In recent months, several staff members in the Milwaukee Sherriff’s Department have broken laws or have been accused of improper behavior. Clarke says the problems are setbacks, but he says he’s emphasizing good conduct.

“Sometimes you have to reinforce it a little more, but it’s something that we work on daily,” said Clarke. “So when people say, ‘Well, what are you going to do different,’ well, you can’t do it more than daily. You reinforce, you reinforce, you reinforce. But again, like I said, we’re dealing with human condition.”

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Clarke says the Milwaukee Archdiocese, schools and other organizations have also had employee conduct problems.

Milwaukee Sherriff’s Lieutenant Chris Moews is expected to challenge Clarke in this fall’s election. Moews’ campaign says, “no one can deny the chaos in Sheriff Clarke’s operation,” and that it’s “time for some adult leadership.”