“Exhibit A" Criticizes the Sheriff

Supervisor Patricia Jursik condemns Sheriff David Clarke’s name-calling and dishonesty, applauds the County Executive for appointing an interim Superintendent for the House of Correction.

Sheriff Clarke’s recent comments have hit a new low.  While my office has had policy disagreements with the County Executive, these disagreements have always been at the policy level, never about personalities.  Unfortunately Sheriff Clarke has reduced himself to only a personality.  He refuses to engage in real discussion much less cooperation with departments.

Clarke’s recent remarks regarding the County Executive and now the City of Milwaukee Police Chief are below the belt, but also entirely out of line for an elected official.  If anyone owes an apology, it is the Sheriff for his comments last week regarding the County Executive.

Many Supervisors, including my office, have limited their comments after a heated budget process regarding the Sheriff’s department.  Initially, the Sheriff promised the County Board during budget deliberations that he would support returning the House of Correction to a Superintendent, following evidence-based best practices in the realm of corrections.  Now reneging on his promise, Clarke’s recent filing of a lawsuit to block the restoration of a Superintendent is proving costly to the County.  Clarke’s attempt to control the jail and turn the House of Correction into a second County jail run by his department is at the expense of the taxpayer.  Clarke’s hiring of a lawyer to use the courts to force delays is an about-face by the Sheriff who usually criticizes the judiciary.  Apparently Clarke is not above using the third branch of government when it suits his view of the world.

My office applauds the County Executive for appointing an interim Superintendent.  The Sheriff must not be permitted to bully the Executive, bully the Board, and bully the taxpayer.  Bullies do not get to win because they are better at name-calling.  The County Executive is following the policy and deadline set out in the budget.  Returning a Superintendent will save money and shut down this dishonest attempt by Sheriff Clarke to thwart the will of the people as expressed through their duly elected representatives in passing a budgetary policy to reestablish a House of Correction run by a Superintendent.  Clarke, himself, forced this move because he has proven that he cannot work cooperatively with others.  It’s time to put an end to these expensive stall tactics and move forward together.

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ann March 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Troy why do you hate people of color in positions of power?
FreeThought Troy March 12, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Ann – I don’t hate anyone. I’m not a Conservative
ann March 12, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Troy you obviously hate Mr Clarke, why? Does it bother you to have a professional black man in a position of power? Why do you hate, troy?
Terry March 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Sooo... it has to be about race Ann, huh? I believe that both the sheriff and the county exec have been behaving like petulant children. Can I not be critical about a black man without it being about race? What about my opinion on the county exec? Is that racist as well? I'll be honest Ann, the only one appearing to be tainted by racial bias in this blog has been you.... BTW again, very funny that now two of the more liberal posters on this site have had the race card played on them in this discussion. A few more and we will have a whole deck.
Lyle Ruble March 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
@Dirk....I don't think that Clarke would ever be able to win a mayoral election in the City of Milwaukee. If I understand the situation correctly, it's the county suburbs that keep electing Clarke as Sheriff.


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