Feb. 5, 2020

By Missy Wilson
City of Raytown, MO

The City of Raytown narrowed the list of candidates down to three finalists for the position of Police Chief following a four-month comprehensive recruitment process. Candidates are Robert Kuehl, Deputy Chief, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department; Curtis Mansell, Major/Division Commander, City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri Police Department; and Brian Peete, Former Chief of Police, City of Alamogordo, New Mexico Police Department.

Robert J. Kuehl
Mr. Kuehl, a 34-year veteran officer with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, currently serves as Deputy Chief for the Department. The KCMO Police Department serves approximately 480,000 residents and a much larger daytime population with approximately 1,400 employees supported by an approximate $248 million operating budget. Kuehl currently oversees all operations for the Professional Development and Research Bureau (including training) and previous assignments include Patrol Bureau Commander, as well as overseeing a variety of other elements within the Department. A graduate of the FBI Academy, Kuehl earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Instructional Leadership from Graceland University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Monmouth University.

Curtis Mansell
Mr. Mansell, a 29-year veteran officer with the Lee’s Summit, Missouri Police Department currently serves as Division Commander/Major overseeing Administration and Support Services. The Lee’s Summit Police Department serves approximately 95,000 residents with a total of 207 employees supported by a $22.1 million operating budget. Mansell has served at various times during the last 11 years as Acting Chief and has also served as Division Commander/Major for all other areas within the Department, including Criminal Investigations and Operations. A graduate of both the FBI Academy and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Mansell also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Brian Peete
Mr. Peete most recently served as Police Chief for the city of Alamagordo, New Mexico, a community of approximately 32,000 residents. The Police Department employs approximately 88 personnel supported by a $6.3 million operating budget. Prior to becoming a police chief, Peete served as a Chief Investigator for the city of Chicago Inspector General’s Office as well as the Chief Investigator for Police Accountability. He also worked as a Senior Associate for JP Morgan Private Bank analyzing criminal activity. Peete was a police officer with the Chicago Police Department in a variety of positions for approximately nine years. Before transitioning into civilian law enforcement, Peete served as a U.S. Air Force officer for nine years as an aircraft maintenance officer and a Federal Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations holding the positions of Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge in Las Vegas, Nevada and Regional Manager for Operations Enhancement at Langley Air Force Base. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Peete also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Police Psychology from Adler University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.