City of Chesterfield Appoints Second Chief of Police in City’s History



City of Chesterfield Appoints Second Chief of Police in City’s History


CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Nov. 7, 2023.— In a meeting held Monday, November 6, the City Council unanimously consented to Mayor Bob Nation’s appointment of Captain Cheryl Funkhouser as the Chesterfield Police Department’s next Chief of Police following Chief Ray Johnson’s announcement in September of his intent to retire in early 2024.


Captain Funkhouser will serve as the City of Chesterfield’s second Chief of Police in the city’s history. Chief Ray Johnson’s 35-year tenure dates back to Chesterfield’s incorporation in 1988.

Captain Funkhouser began her law enforcement career in 1993 with the City of University City Police Department. Captain Funkhouser joined the City of Chesterfield in 1995 where she has served the Chesterfield community for 28 years in several community-facing and leadership roles. Beginning her career with Chesterfield as a patrol officer and community affairs specialist, Captain Funkhouser grew into her position within the Chesterfield Police Department after being promoted to sergeant and supervising the Bureau of Community Affairs and the Bureau of Uniformed Patrol. Over 12 years, she earned promotions from sergeant to lieutenant and then to captain, where she has served as Commander of the Division of Operational Support since 2017.  


During her time with the City of Chesterfield, Captain Funkhouser continued her education by earning her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University in 2008, graduating from the FBI National Academy – Session 279 in 2020, and earning her Master of Public Safety from the University of Virginia in 2022.


Former Chief of Police Ray Johnson will spend the final months of his career advising Captain Funkhouser in her transition into Chesterfield’s next Chief of Police.