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Charlotte City Hall was built Charlotte in 1891. Located on the corner of North Tryon and Fifth Street, it housed not only the office of the mayor and the room where the alderman met, but also the Police and the Fire Department.
The city police force goes back to 1866 with an Intendent (Superintendent) and eight patrolmen. Besides the Mayor, the various wards of Charlotte elected aldermen to represent their area and help make decisions and laws that were in the best interest of the city. They were responsible for creating funds for street improvements, the schools, the fire and police department, the library and other city departments. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, as it its known today, dates back to 1868.