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Chief Gideon Powledge

Chief Gideon Powledge

1924 - 1927

The lack of documentation for the period in which Gideon Powledge served as a member of the Clearwater Police Department results in little available information regarding his career.

It is believed that he was appointed Chief of Police on November 15, 1924, upon the resignation of Chief Joe Russell. City Commission meeting minutes in late 1924 indicate that City Commissioner Wallace moved that Powledge be appointed Chief of Police for the year 1925 at a salary of $1,800 per year. The minutes also reflect that on February 9, 1925, Chief Powledge asked the city to provide a city jail and police headquarters; the Commission agreed to research the matter.

It is believed that the police department was located within City Hall at 325 S. Fort Harrison Avenue at this time. Minutes of the January 4, 1926 City Commission meeting show an increase in salary granted to Chief Powledge to $200 per month.

On January 21, 1927, according to the minutes of the City Commission meeting, Joe Russell was re-appointed Chief of Police when Chief Powledge left to become the Assistant Chief for the Tallahassee Police Department where he eventually served as Chief of Police until his retirement.

The Clearwater city directory for 1926 lists Gideon Powledge as Chief of Police and indicates that police headquarters were located in City Hall. Besides Chief Powledge, the police department consisted of nine patrolmen: R.L. Gibson, C.S. Beckwith, John D. Holladay, Sr., Glenn Holladay, J.E. Jones, N.E. Ivey, Ernest Eubanks, Ray Graham, and J.W. Bronson.

If you have additional information on Chief Powledge's life and career, we would like to hear from you. Contact us at police@myclearwater.com.

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