Sheriff Clarke has demonstrated true leadership and courage in doing what's best for his constituents despite enormous pressures to go along with the political correctness of the day. Instead of “going along to get along,” Sheriff Clarke has stayed true to his oath, true to his badge, and true to the people he has promised to serve and protect. In our estimation, Sheriff Clarke will go down in history as one of the greatest statesmen and sheriffs of our time. Richard Mack | Executive Director of CSPOA
Many prominent government officials do not live in the world they created. They remain unaffected by the restrictions and lack of trust they place upon the rest of us. Unlike members of the political machine, I am one of you. “We the People” and public service still mean something to me.
Trust in people has played a role in every aspect of freedom. Beginning with our country’s independence, true legitimate “change” in its purest form is always the product of community rather than bureaucracy.
A look back over the decade I have served as Milwaukee County Sheriff reveals many accomplishments. However my attitude has always been that there is no finish line to excellence. There is more work to do, and I cannot get it done without you. As a political outsider, I need to count on your vote, as well as your support. I raised my right hand and swore to uphold the constitutions of our country and state, to protect you from criminals, and to preserve your right to defend yourselves and your loved ones from anyone who means to inflict unlawful harm. It is my avowed duty to stand by all of the constitutional amendments, despite the establishment trying to take them away.
The upcoming Sheriff primary on August 12, 2014, is not about beating a random opponent, hand-picked by a political party, and then proceeding to defeat another pawn in the general election on November 4, 2014. You and I, are up against the ruthless machine of party politics in general. The reality is, anyone nontraditional, looking to challenge a failed status quo is slandered and vilified as “not one of us.” The media thrive on the problems of good people by mocking those who fight the good fight. Buying into cynicism rather than truth, you are wrongly led to think anyone who wishes to make a difference has a hidden agenda and should be attacked. False information is recited as fact, heavily implying that ordinary law-abiding citizens be kept powerless.
The Disney movies of my childhood may have sent the wrong message regarding the “good in everyone.” Idealism is currently a dangerous threat to our well-being. Locked-up criminals are not victims caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. In a majority of cases, they ultimately are convicted of lesser crimes than what they actually committed. Those incarcerated are repeat offenders and career criminals with proven gang connections, and their lifestyles are founded upon deadly violence.
Originally, laws were created to protect us, not to detract from our safety. Yet my soft-on-crime opponents emerge from Candy Land to propose second chances, third chances, and fourth chances, in the process endangering our homes, neighborhoods, and schools. Paying to receive nothing is an absurd notion, yet the most wasteful spending of all occurs every day as one government program after the next continues to fail.
Imposing more and more government programs despite the existing ones that aren’t working is the equivalent of buying a new car because the old one has a flat tire. This is how impractical bureaucrats like to spend taxpayer dollars.
If you’re looking for compromise, you’ve come to the wrong place. I learned that from four-star General Colin Powell, who believes that you need to stand for something. He sees compromise as a sign of weakness and an easy way out. Every important decision is one I treat as a matter of life or death. Those who attack me for getting results – getting things done – will never see me back down. In truth, I do not have to fight alone. You can fight with me. There is an enemy working tirelessly to make the streets less safe. Through your support, whether as a volunteer or a financial contributor, we will defeat misguided public policy and continue to see the County of Milwaukee achieve great things. After all, I’m not the Establishment’s Politician, I’m The People’s Sheriff.
David A. Clarke Jr. Milwaukee County Sheriff
2002 – Appointed Milwaukee Sheriff by Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum
2003 – Concordia University Wisconsin, Alumnus of the Year Award
2004 – Completed Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
2004 – Executive Development Program of the National Sheriff’s Institute participant
2005 – Completed Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
2005 – Nominated to the FBI’s 28th Annual National Executive Institute
2009 – Studied with Police Chief William Bratton and L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca
2009 – Americanism Award from the Milwaukee County War Memorial Veterans Board of Directors, in “appreciation for his version of law and order.”
2011 – Fulfilled a law enforcement executive training mission sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation
2013 – Sheriff of the Year Award from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for, “Demonstrating true leadership and courage…staying true to his oath, true to his badge, and true to the people he has promised to serve and protect.”
2013 – The High Noon Award, presented by Gun Owners of America
American Jail Association
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Major County Sheriffs’ Association
Badger State Sheriff’s Association
Milwaukee County Law Enforcement Executives Association
Legal Affairs Committee of National Sheriffs’ Association
Three Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee,
Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation
American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin
My greatest achievement is: Being named Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer Association, Sheriff Of The Year for 2013 by my colleagues.
My favorite book is: My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir. The book spans the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from childhood in the Deep South being raised by his grandfather to his nomination as the second black justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court
My favorite TV show is: South Park, love its political incorrectness.
My favorite movie is: War Horse
My favorite childhood memory is: Going with my dad to watch him skydive
The person I most admire is: My Dad, David A. Clarke Sr.
Three words people use to describe me are: Confident, Consistent, Straightforward
The worst job I had as a teenager: I was raised to believe that no job is bad
The food I like best is: Italian especially cream sauce dishes
My favorite hobby is: Reading for knowledge
My goals for the year are: To be better at what I do today than I was yesterday…continually pursuing excellence
My favorite music group is: Country singer George Strait
My pet: Two of them, my Rottweiler Zoo-kess and my horse Ranger.
My favorite vacation place: Ixtapa, Mexico