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David Clarke resigns as Milwaukee County sheriff

FILE PHOTO - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gestures after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. on July 18, 2016.    REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo
FILE PHOTO - Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gestures after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. on July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File Photo

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump who came under scrutiny for the conditions in his jails, resigned Thursday, according to the country clerk.

Clarke’s resignation will take effect at midnight, Milwaukee Country Clerk George Christenson told The Washington Post.

It’s not immediately clear why Clarke resigned or what intends to do next.

“As far as his rationale,” Christenson told The Post, “I don’t believe I can comment on that. . . . I was not given any advance notice of this, as you can imagine my phone has been ringing off the hook.”

Earlier this year, Clarke withdrew his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security.

Christenson said he would send Clarke’s resignation letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, who will decide on the appointment of a replacement.

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