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Chief George Thomas McClamma

Chief George Thomas McClamma

1949 - 1957

George Thomas McClamma was born in Madison County, Florida on November 22, 1910. He moved to Clearwater in 1919 and with the exception of his time spent in the military, he was a continuous resident since then. George McClamma joined the Clearwater Police Department on January 1, 1937. On July 1, 1941, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His service with the department was interrupted when he joined the U.S. Navy on October 8, 1942. Upon completion of his military service on January 6, 1946, he returned to the department as a Sergeant.Exactly one year later, he was promoted to Captain.

On January 1, 1949, he was promoted to Chief of Police when he succeeded Chief J. J. Elliott who had resigned to become a special investigator for Governor Fuller Warren.

When Chief McClamma assumed command of the police department, there were thirty officers serving a population of 23,000 residents.During his tenure as Chief, he stressed traffic safety and was instrumental in the rapid growth of the department. He was the first Clearwater Chief to employ a secretary and the first Policeman’s Ball was held while he was Chief in 1949. He was responsible for designing the first shoulder patch worn by the uniformed officers of Clearwater. Chief McClamma and the department were featured in the November 1949 issue of “Florida Peace Officer. ”That issue stated, “Chief McClamma maintains on a systematic basis one of the most complete records systems that may be found anywhere in the nation.”

Chief McClamma was the first member of the Clearwater Police Department to retire with a pension when he retired from active duty on January 1, 1957.Chief McClamma, after retirement, pursued a career in real estate and was a Realtor Associate with George H. Harbison, Inc., for many years.

Chief McClamma passed away on June 3, 1984 at the age of 73. He was survived by his wife, Mae Ethel, his brothers, sisters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Officers of the Clearwater Police Department served as pallbearers. A “Guard of Honor” accompanied Chief McClamma to his final resting place at Clearwater Cemetery.

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