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
City Commission appointed Joe Russell as Chief of Police on January
21, 1927; it is unknown exactly when Chief Powledge resigned to
accept the position of Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department.
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.
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