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Otis Powers started as a police officer in the first decade of 1900's. Chief Otis Powers served from the horse and buggy era into the automobile era. (pictured below) The first speed limit in Hendersonville was enacted in August 1905, was 6 MPH, and was punishable by fine of .
In 1924 speeding was such a great issue that the town purchased a motorcycle and hired Seth Edmundson to enforce the towns traffic laws.
That tradition continued in the 1940's and Lawrance Huntley, pictured below, served as motorcycle patrol. In the picture below, you will notice that Main Street was converted to four lanes of traffic, and that parallel parking was in use. The Skyland Hotel, built circa 1929, is seen on the left side of Main Street.
Hendersonville grew rapidly from the 1920's to the 1940's. Hendersonville had a lot of gambling via slot machines in the late twenties. From 1900 until 1945, the Police Chief also served as the Fire Chief and the head of public works. Edney, was the first Fire Chief, appointed in 1945. Notice that street parking was similar to today, in that vehicles parked at an angle and there were only two lanes of traffic. 1956 marked the beginning of Chief William "Bill Powers" term as Chief of Police, the second longest serving in our history.
The plan was a success as Main Street flourished during the next decade into the 1990's.
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The rear of City Hall was redesigned to be the main entrance of the Police Department and also included a separate area for collection of water and tax payments.
In early 2005, the entire Police operation was moved back to City Hall, and the old Police Department on Sixth Avenue was demolished to make a parking area.