MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a judge properly dismissed Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s lawsuit demanding more deputies.
Clarke asked for money in the 2015 county budget for an additional 119 deputies and 58 jail guards. The final budget provided money for 17 additional deputies.
Clarke and the deputy sheriff’s association sued, alleging the budget was arbitrary and created unsafe working conditions. They asked for an order requiring the county fund 85 more deputies and 50 jail positions.
Judge David Hansher dismissed the lawsuit, saying Clarke didn’t prove he was entitled to relief. The 1st District Court of Appeals upheld Hansher on Wednesday, ruling the Legislature gave the county board the authority to regulate the number of law enforcement officers.
Attorneys for Clarke and the association didn’t immediately return messages.