Kris Turnbow, Raytown South High School, Class of 1970
Kris Turnbow graduated from Raytown South High School in 1970. After serving in the United States Navy, he returned to Raytown to become a police officer and in 1975 was hired by the Raytown Police Department. In 2001, he graduated with honors, earning an M.P.A., Public Management Degree from Park University.
In 1983, Kris was elected City Marshall/Police Chief and for the next thirteen years served as Raytown’s City Marshall, maintaining his reserve status in the US Navy.
During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Kris was a supervisor for security personnel at the Olympic Village. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Security/Building Service Manager for Hallmark Cards in Liberty. MO. However, realizing his true calling was law enforcement, he took the job as Police Chief in Raymore, MO and was also the Emergency Management Director for Raymore. He retired in 2012.
After the attacks on 9/11, he was called to active duty to the Pentagon, working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force- Combatting Terrorism. In February 2003 Kris was called to active duty again and served as Assistant Director and then Acting Director of the Counter Intelligence Staff Office (CISO) for the US Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base Illinois. In January 2009, Kris left for Iraq for a one-year active duty deployment to assist in the organization and training of Iraqi Policy and Security Forces.
Kris was awarded the Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1982 and 1990 and the Kiwanis Law Enforcement of the year in 1985. He also received the Clarence M. Kelley Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year in 1991, as well as the Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award by the FBI National Academy in 2007 and the Public Administrator of the Year from the American Society for Public Administration in 2011.
Kris is proud of being a Police Chief for over twenty-five years for Raytown and Raymore. He is also proud of his military service of nearly thirty-nine years in a reserve status and at times on active duty and retiring at the rank of Captain (0-6).
Kris is married to Vicki and has four children and two grandchildren.