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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