Sheriff responds to proposed cuts in his budget
calls the County Executive "a little man"
MILWAUKEE-Sheriff David Clark issued a statement Thursday in response to the budget proposed by County Executive Chris Abele.
Abele's new budget calls for $12 million in cuts to David Clark's budget, transferring duties and money away from the Sheriff and to other agencies including the Milwaukee Police Department.
"The importance of public safety demands that as a community, we leverage and coordinate as much of our manpower, our resources and our data as possible," Abele said Thursday. "This budget provides a Public Safety Initiative to build these partnerships that we hope continue."
Here is the sheriff's response:
“Abele should be drug tested. He has to be on heroin to be hallucinating
with that wild proposal. He might go to bed at night dreaming about being
a Sheriff, but when he wakes up he's the same vindictive little man that he
was when he went to sleep. This is how budgets end up bleeding red ink.
I don't work for him. I will provide the level of safety that I believe
Milwaukee County residents deserve. He'll have to sue me in court to get
me to accept those cuts.”
This prompted this statement issued by Abele late Thursday:
"Today I introduced a budget that takes a thoughtful, collaborative and data driven approach to Public Safety in Milwaukee County. It's unfortunate the Sheriff, instead of engaging in thoughtful civil discourse, is making personal attacks and making light of a serious problem in our community and state."