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Sheriff Clarke reportedly threatens arrest of House of Correction chief

Sheriff Clarke reportedly threatens arrest of House of Correction chief

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Sep 3, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The political battle between Sheriff David Clarke and the new superintendent of the House of Correction, Michael Hafemann, is continuing.

Last week, Clarke's second-in-command Richard Schmidt issued an order for Hafemann to take 70 inmates from the County Jail, the Journal Sentinel reports. When Hafemann said no, Clarke and Schmidt threatened to arrest Hafemann for "obstruction of an officer".

"I think my first response was, 'Are you kidding me?'" Hafemann said. "I pointed out to the inspector that, no, I had not violated any law, so there would be no basis whatsoever for an arrest."

Hafemann ended up taking 40 of the inmates from the County Jail, but the next day Schmidt issued another order for his arrest.

"Obviously," he said, "we're still here."

Neither Clarke nor Schmidt have commented on the situation.

Control over the facility was taken from Sheriff Clarke and given to Hafemann earlier this year. Clarke did all he could to stop the move, including fighting Hafemann's hiring.