Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb isn't quite sure what to make of Sheriff Clarke's announcement that he's leaving

NOW: Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb isn’t quite sure what to make of Sheriff Clarke’s announcement that he’s leaving

Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board, Theodore Lipscomb, isn't quite sure what to make of Sheriff David Clarke's announcement that he's leaving in June to take a job in Washington D.C.

"I think it's been the most rumored job announcement of the year," Lipscomb said during a live interview Monday on the CBS 58 News at 4. "Every week it seemed there was a new rumor. There seemed to be a new rumor that wasn't true. This one seemed bizzarely premature, the way it was announced and not confirmed. We'll have to wait and see how this shakes out."

Lipscomb also shared that he thinks the past couple of years have been some of the most contentious when it comes to the board working with the county executive.

Lipscomb finds it curious that rules have not change in other counties, but in Milwaukee County there have been some changes over day to day control.

As a result, he said there is less sharing of power.

In one case, the board went to court after County Executive decided on some raises that the board didn't agree with.

"In at least one case, a $50,000 raise is beyond the pale," explained Lipscomb. "We did win in court to intervene to cap pay."

The chairman also said as we approach the summer season and folks enjoying parks, the issue of who controls some outdoor spaces could be the subject of debate.

And while he, like many, is looking forward to enjoying the parks this summer, there are also issues of control there.  

"We're coming into prime park season. I'll be out there with my family. We have great parks."

But he says questions of land that people use as a park, even though it might not have the official designation as a park.

"There are issues in Franklin and Wauwatosa and the sale of different lands and the extent to which they effect parks."

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