Chief Joseph Russell
1915 - 1924
1927 - 1927
1936 - 1944
Scant information is available on the career of Chief Joe Russell other than the fact that he served as Chief of Police on many separate occasions. He was named the first Chief of Police in 1915, when the City of Clearwater was incorporated.He served until his resignation on November 15, 1924.During that period, the population of Clearwater was between 2,000 and 2,400 residents. In 1924, he was succeeded by Chief Gideon Powledge.
On January 21, 1927, according to the minutes of the City Commission meeting, Joe Russell was re-appointed Chief when Gideon Powledge left to become the Chief of the Tallahassee Police Department.