Asheville police chief resigns amid wife’s DWI, divorce news

In Asheville, the wife of the recently resigned police chief has revealed that they are getting divorced. This news arrives just after Clarissa Hyatt-Zack was arrested on Nov. 2 for drunk driving. Clarissa and the former Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack, who ended his tenure on Dec. 15, have been married for just over a year.

Clarissa, 44, a real estate broker, disclosed her plans to divorce via a Facebook message, where she referred to herself as the “ex-wife” of the former police chief. She protested her inclusion in a Citizen Times article about former Sheriff Van Duncan’s intention to run for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners chair. Clarissa declined to provide more details about this matter on Jan. 2.

Clarissa was an administrator of the Asheville Coalition for Public Safety Facebook group. This group was instrumental in influencing Duncan to run for office as an unaffiliated candidate. Post her arrest for DWI, she left the group. Her first court appearance was on Dec. 5, with the following hearing scheduled for Feb. 22.

David Zack, 60, voluntarily left his position after serving as the head of APD for three years, a period marked by large-scale racial justice protests and significant police turnover. City Manager Debra Campbell has appointed Deputy Chief Michael Lamb to replace him.

Prior to operating in Asheville, Zack served as a police chief in Cheektowaga, New York. He has two children from a previous marriage, with one residing in Raleigh. Clarissa has previously been married twice. The couple got married on Sept. 8, 2022, according to their marriage certificate. As per North Carolina law, couples can file for divorce after at least a year of separation.

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