Chief Charles Neil (Chuck) Leary
July 23, 1934 - February 24, 2014
To all who knew him, former Chief of Police has passed at age 79. In Aug 1976, Chuck Leary became Chief of Police for the Lee’s Summit Police Department and for four years successfully reorganized the department and Administration structure. As Chief he hired the first woman to be commissioned as a police officer (Dec. 76) and added a crisis intervention/short term counselor to the department. Safety Town was born and grants were requested from the state for a model traffic program. He left the position in Feb. 1980 after being selected to serve as Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the development and implementation of a National Highway Patrol Department. He later went on to become Chief of Police in Lake Winnebago, Mo. After 45 years in Law Enforcement, Chuck took on his second career as a Professor of Criminal Justice for several Kansas City Metropolitan colleges; both campus and online until his passing.
Chuck is survived by: his daughter Kelli J. Leary/Cowin and husband David with two grandchildren Zack and Jodi; brother Jack Leary; sister Hattie Schimpf; former wife Kathi J. Leary; and nephew Brian Leary and family.
Chuck’s greatest joy was always his family, specifically his grandchildren who were the light of his life. Chuck took pride in being able to make a difference in the lives of the students he taught as well as the hundreds of police officers who worked under his command. No formal funeral services were held. Instead, please take a moment to salute this fallen Irishman with a loving thought or happy memory to honor the amazing life he lived.