By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

Lucius Powell, a former Winston-Salem police chief, has died. He was 83. | Local News

Lucius “Lu” Powell, who served as the chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department for 4½ years in the 1980s, died Monday in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 83.

Powell died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home, said Janie Powell, his wife.

Lucius Powell was a loving husband, father and grandfather, his wife said.

“When we married, I had two girls,” Janie Powell said. “He took on those girls and adopted them and raised them as his own.

“That tells you what type of father he was,” Janie Powell said.

A native of Olustee, Fla., Lucius Powell served eight years in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the University of Albuquerque in New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in police science.

Powell joined the Albuquerque police force in 1963 and rose through ranks over 17 years to become its assistant chief in March 1978.

In May 1980, Powell became the chief of the Winston-Salem Police Department. He served in that role until September 1984.

When Powell announced his resignation, he said, “There are a lot of other things to do, and I want to have the freedom to those things.”

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During his tenure, Powell was a “reform chief,” said Mike Culler of King, a 30-year veteran of the WSPD.

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