Police Chief Was Fired For Asking Captain’s Wife For Nude Photos
North Carolina Police Chief Jonathan ‘Jon’ Clark Was Fired After Repeatedly Asking A Colleague’s Wife For Nude Photos
A North Carolina police chief was fired after snapchatting a colleague’s wife multiple times asking her to send nude pictures of herself.
The Mars Hill Police Department fired Chief Jonathan ‘Jon’ Clark in October.
The termination came after he messaged the wife of police captain Chad Wilson asking her to send topless pictures.
The captain’s wife took screenshots of the explicit requests. Wilson then showed the texts to Mars Hill town Manager Nathan Bennett.
As a result, Bennet launched an independent investigation.
Clark admitted to sending the messages to Wilson’s wife.
Bennet wrote in an October 17 letter addressed to Clark:
“Your conduct in attempting to pursue a romantic relationship with the wife of one of your subordinate officers is reprehensible. To actively solicit that relationship is unforgivable and put your entire Department and the town of Mars Hill at risk.”
Bennett stated that Clark’s dishonesty left him with no choice but to fire him.
Up until the scandal, Bennett sang Clark’s praises:
Bennett also stated the town took abundant care in its investigation of Clark and hired a third-party investigator.
Clark is married his high school sweetheart Lindsey. Lindsey Clark is a second grade teacher.
The pair have three young daughters together.
The 42-year-old had served with MPPD since 2016. He started his executive position in March 2021.
Clark had served with MHPD since 2016, and after roughly a year, Clark worked his way up to captain under former Police Chief Michael Garrison prior to his promotion to chief in 2021.
Before coming to MHPD, he worked with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office from 2007-16.
Bennett also criticized Clark for his ‘handling of firearms. He criticized Clark for not locking his firearms in a safe place contrary to all concepts of gun safety.’
Bennett further denounced the former chiefs personal use of the car provided by the police department which was intended to be used for official duties.