Officer Lemuel “Lem” Powell (Retired)
The Galveston Police Department is saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Lemuel “Lem” Powell (Retired).
Officer Powell was hired in 1975 and served the citizens and visitors of Galveston honorably for over 25 years before retiring in November of 2000.
Lem worked in multiple divisions within the Department, including Vice and Narcotics. Lem was a certified armorer, instructor, and held a Master Peace Officer License.
He finished his career with GPD as a West Isle Patrol Officer.
After his retirement he continued to work part time with the College of the Mainland as an adjunct instructor, as he had since 1986.
He was hired full time by the college in 2009 as their Range Master and Firearms instructor.
He also worked part time and was commissioned as an Officer by the College of the Mainland Police Department. Chief Porretto said, “I remember Lem as a gentle giant who never met a stranger.
He was an asset to the Galveston Police Department and College of the Mainland. He will be greatly missed.”