Chief Powell began his employment with Glynn County as Director of Community Services on January 4, 2016, managing Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Animal Control, and Parks and Recreation. Chief Powell served as Interim Police Chief from September 1, 2017 to January 2, 2018, at which time he began officially serving as Police Chief.
Chief Powell holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, and is a certified peace officer in five states. He previously served as a Law Enforcement Consultant (Afghanistan and Haiti), as the Director of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco – Department of Business and Professional Regulation for the State of Florida, as Police Chief for the City of Dothan, Alabama, as Police Chief for the City of Wilson, North Carolina, and as Police Chief for the City of Hartsville, South Carolina. Chief Powell is a former Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Justice (F.B.I.) and Deputy Sheriff in Escambia County, Florida.
Chief Powell is married, has three children, and one grandchild.