Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned from his post just months after it was speculated that he would be joining the Trump administration.
The resignation was confirmed by the Milwaukee County Clerk’s Office who said Clarke turned in his resignation letter Thursday at noon.
“Pursuant to Wis. Stat. 17.01, this communication is submitted as the notice of my resignation as Sheriff of Milwaukee County commencing August 31, 2017,” Clarke wrote in the letter.
Clarke’s resignation comes after getting sued earlier this month by the family of an inmate, Terrill Thomas, who died in 2016 of dehydration in one of Clarke’s jails.
“The change in Mr. Thomas’ condition was obvious to every jail employee who looked into his cell, including multiple defendants. However, not a single one bothered to call for help until it was too late to save Mr. Thomas’ life,” the suit reads.
The suit also states that Clarke and others working at the jail subjected the inmate to “unconscionable pain and suffering and causing his death.”