Chief Carroll

Chief Joseph T. Carroll

Chief from 1941 - 1975

Joseph Carroll was born on March 2, 1910, in Alma, Nebraska to Thomas and May Carroll. Joe Carroll was raised in a law enforcement family; his father Thomas Carroll served as a U.S. Marshall and a State Sheriff. Joe Carroll had two brothers, Thomas and Patrick, and four sisters, Helena, Mary, Genevieve, and Irene.

Carroll graduated from Cathedral High School in Lincoln and attended the University of Nebraska with the ambition to become a lawyer. After three years, however, Carroll decided to join the Lincoln Police force. He began working for the department on November 1, 1930 as a night jailor. Carroll soon transitioned to beat walker and was promoted to detective in 1932. He married Marjorie on November 4, 1933 and they later had one son, Joseph Jr.

Carroll graduated from the FBI academy in 1938 and was promoted to captain the following year. In 1939, he became the night captain of detectives. In 1941, Carroll assumed his new role as chief of police at the age of 31.

Throughout his career as chief, Carroll oversaw many infamous cases such as that of Charles Starkweather and Charles Mulholland and the $10,000 bank robbery. While serving as chief, Carroll received many awards including the J. Edgar Hoover "Gold Medal Award", the University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award of the Lincoln Exchange Club, and the Gateway Sertoma Club "Service to Mankind" Award. Carroll retired from the Lincoln Police Department on March 1st, 1975 ending a 44-year long career. After retiring, Carroll served as a consultant for the State DMV Highway Safety Program and later the State Department of Labor's Safety Division. Joseph T. Carroll passed away from an apparent heart attack on December 11, 1990 at the age of 80.

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