New war of words between Sheriff Clarke and Milwaukee Co. Supervisor

Nick Montes

New war of words between Sheriff Clarke and Milwaukee Co. Supervisor

CREATED Dec. 22, 2011

MILWAUKEE - When a Milwaukee County Sheriff calls the Milwaukee County Board "one of the most dysfunctional governmental bodies in the State of Wisconsin," he's bound to get reaction.

That's what has happened after Sheriff David Clarke called out County Supervisor Patricia Jursik.

County Supervisor Patricia Jursik says when it comes to budget cuts, Clarke goes to the extremes by being negative, and calling people out.

Now, she's asking him to cooperate.

"It's high noon.  Meet me in the street.  We're going to have a duel," said Jursik to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

That after a war of words between Clarke and Jursik.

Jursik says the county faces a $55 million shortfall, and the Sheriff's Department has the biggest budget. 

"We have pretty much not cut the sheriff's budget at all in the past.  This year, there would be no way not to cut," Jursik explained.

Jursik also thinks the sheriff's spending on horses for parade duty is "frivolous" while County buses go unpatrolled.

"I'd like to see him lay off horses before he lays off deputies," said Jursik.

That fired up Clarke.

In a news release, Clarke stated, "Pat Jursik is exhibit A that the Milwaukee County Board, one of the most dysfunctional governmental bodies in the state of Wisconsin, should be downsized immediately."

Jursik said she'd rather see the sheriff at the negotiating table.

"He's trying to make this personal.  It's not personal.  This is about county business."

She told Montes that since she has been in office over four years, she can't recall the last time when the Sheriff's Department was audited.

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