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Chief David Zack

Chief David Zack in uniform.
Chief David Zack

David Zack was appointed as Chief of Police for the Asheville Police Department on February 4, 2020. He began his career in law enforcement in 1984, where he worked as a New York State Corrections Officer at both Sing Sing and Attica Correctional Facilities. In 1987 he joined the Cheektowaga Police Department and rose through the ranks serving in a number of different roles, including patrol supervisor and Detective Bureau Commander before being named Chief in 2011. During his career in Cheektowaga, he also served as the President of the Erie County Chiefs of Police Association, President of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Chief Zack’s other accomplishments include introducing the first Fair and Impartial Police (FIP) training program in the state of New York, receiving the National Federation for Just Communities Law Enforcement Leadership Award in 2016, and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) President’s Award for his role in creating the first crisis intervention team in Erie County.

Chief Zack holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Hilbert College and has been an instructor of forensic science and crime scene photography for several colleges and universities. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. 

Contact Information:
Office: 828-259-5813

Deputy Chief Michael Lamb

DC Mike Lamb in uniform
Deputy Chief Michael “Mike” Lamb

Deputy Chief Michael “Mike” Lamb started with the Asheville Police Department (APD) on February 16, 1998. He has been serving as an officer with the department for just over 25 years. Prior to holding the rank of deputy chief, he held the rank of Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant. As Captain, he oversaw the Community Engagement Division. As a lieutenant, he was the Patrol Division Executive Officer and Adam and Charlie District Commander. Prior to being promoted to lieutenant, he served as a sergeant over the Public Housing Unit, APD’s Gang Unit, and the downtown district.

Throughout his career with the department, he has served in various positions and roles as a Basic Law Enforcement training, physical training, and De-escalation instructor. In addition, he was a member of APD’s ERT (Emergency Response Team) for 20 years and a team commander for 9 of those years.

Deputy Chief Lamb is an Asheville Native. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University in 1997 and is an A.C. Reynolds High School graduate. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police.

Contact Information:
Office: 828-232-4501

Deputy Chief Jackie Stepp

DC Jacquelyn "Jackie" Stepp in Uniform
DC Jacquelyn “Jackie” Stepp

Deputy Chief Jacquelyn “Jackie” Stepp started with the Asheville Police Department (APD) in October 2005. Before holding the rank of Deputy Chief, she held the ranks of Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant. Deputy Chief Stepp is the Department’s only female firearms instructor and the first female Deputy Chief.

As Captain, she oversaw the Community Engagement Division and, before that, the Patrol Division and Finance and Support Division. As a Lieutenant, she served as the West Asheville District Commander, the Recruitment and Career Development Commander, and the Professional Standards Section Commander. Before being promoted to Lieutenant, she was a Sergeant over the Downtown Bike Unit and Internal Affairs.

Early in her career, she held various assignments, including the Bike Team, Crowd Control Team, Field Training Officer, and Community Resource Officer.
Deputy Chief Stepp is a Hendersonville native and North Henderson High School graduate. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Carolina University. She is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute, the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Program, the Internal Association of Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute, and the WNC Law Enforcement Leadership Academy.

Contact Information:
Office: 828-259-5915