Chief Jefferson Jennings Elliott
1946 - 1948
Jefferson Jennings Elliott was born in Louisiana in 1904. he was a graduate of Louisiana State University where
he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering.Upon completing his undergraduate work, he
studied for the ministry and later studied law at John Marshall
Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1931, J.J. Elliott joined the Atlanta Police Department;
he left for a time and returned in the late 1930’s as a firearms
expert. In 1937, when the Georgia highway Patrol was
being organized, he was the first patrolman selected for that
1941, he was appointed commanding officer of the Georgia Highway Patrol
with the rank of Captain. Elliott was a graduate of the Northwestern
University Traffic School and also authored the book, “Training Manual
for State Patrolmen,” which was used in several states for training
Prior to World War II, J.J. Elliott held a four-year reserve commission
as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry.Late in 1941, he was appointed Chief of Police at the Bell Bomber
plant in Marietta, Georgia, under a War Department directive.
Jefferson J. Elliott held a commercial radio license and was a graduate
of the U.S. Army’s peace officers’ school. While in Atlanta, he served as an instructor for the Red Cross in
first aid and lifesaving methods.
Chief Elliott was appointed Chief of Police of Clearwater on December
31, 1946. In late 1948, he
resigned from office to accept a position as a special investigator
for Governor Fuller Warren. He
was succeeded by Chief George T. McClamma who was appointed on January
1, 1949. When Governor Warren's term ended, Chief Elliott returned
to Clearwater and worked for the "County Patrol", then later
joined the Pinellas County Engineering Department. Chief Elliott died
of a heart attack while driving down Court St. in downtown Clearwater
on November 30, 1956.
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