Col. Walter S. Johnston 1861-1862
Little biographical information exists on Chief Col. Walter S. Johnston. He serviced but six months, having been appointed by Mayor J.S. Brown to replace Chief Beck after their disagreement following two mob incidents. These incidents resulted in Chief Johnston's demanding an increase in the number of officers needed to enforce the law in a city that was developing a reputation as an easy place for gamblers and other undesirable to "ply their trade". He was a successful businessman, having once been the owner of the prestigious "Hewhall House", which was considered the finest hotel in the "West", having cost $250,000 to build.