Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned, the Milwaukee County Clerk told CBS affiliate WDJT.
The resignation will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Milwaukee County Clerk George L. Christenson told CBS News.
Christenson said Thursday that he received a resignation letter from Clarke. Christenson says the letter didn’t give the reason for Clarke’s resignation.
In a statement, Clarke said he was leaving “to pursue other opportunities.” He said he will have “news about my next steps in the very near future.”
Clarke rose to national prominence in recent years with provocative social media posts, appearances on conservative media programs and his staunch support of President Trump. Clarke announced in May that he’d taken a job at the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency never confirmed it. He later said he withdrew his name.
Sources confirmed to CBS News that Clarke is not joining the Department of Homeland Security.
Some Wisconsin conservatives had encouraged Clarke to challenge U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their overtures.
Clarke recently published a memoir, “Cop Under Fire.” On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted support for Clark and his book, calling it “a great book by a great guy.”