Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch announced today that Raytown Police Sergeant Michael “Mike” McDonough, will be retiring after serving the residents of Raytown for 40 years. Sgt. McDonough’s retirement date is 01-02-2015.
Sgt. McDonough first started working for the City of Raytown in the Street Department, in 1974. In August 1975, Sgt. McDonough started his police career as a district patrol officer, later becoming a detective, a fire investigator, and has been the Sergeant over the Detention Unit, Investigations and then Traffic, where he currently serves. He has worked in almost every facet of police work. Among his career accomplishments, are Raytown Police Officer of the Year and the Lifesaving Award from the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. Sgt. McDonough also received the Raytown Fire District James Schneider Award for Lifesaving.
Sgt. McDonough was the recipient of a 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award. The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work.
Sgt. McDonough is the Secretary of the Raytown Police Benefit Fund. During his tenure, the Fund has been involved in many fundraising events. In the last ten years, nearly $150,000.00 has been raised for local charities including Hope House, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), Raytown Educational Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, and Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Sgt. McDonough is a past Board Member of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home and current Board Member of REAP, and remains very involved with REAP’s events and efforts.
Sgt. McDonough, nearly lifelong Raytown resident, was elected to the Raytown Charter Commission, where he has joined other Commissioners in writing, and later proposing, a Charter for the City of Raytown.