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Chief Joseph Russell


1916 - 1924
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 on June 12, 1916, 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.

Chief Joseph Russell

City Commission minutes mention him as Chief on July 16, 1934, however, specifics as to when he was re-appointed are not available.  He served again as Chief of Police in 1943, which was when the photo displayed above was taken.

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

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