MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker has received applications from 18 candidates hoping to be Milwaukee County sheriff after the vacancy created by the departure of firebrand lawman David Clarke.

Applicants include former Milwaukee police Capt. Earnell Lucas, who was planning to run against Clarke next year, and Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews, who previously challenged Clarke in 2014.

Walker’s office released the names of applicants Thursday.

Walker has said a panel of experts in law enforcement will recommend finalists for him to interview, but he has not given a timeline to make a decision. The sheriff’s position is up for re-election in November 2018.

Clarke resigned Aug. 31. He left to join a political action committee that supports President Donald Trump.

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