City of Woodson Terrace Missouri
Bob Dowling Robert E. (Bob) Dowling
Chief of Police

Chief Bob Dowling is a lifelong resident of Woodson Terrace.  He attended grade school at the former St. William Catholic Grade School, which is now home to the Greater St. Louis Church, and the Ritenour Early Childhood Center.  He graduated from Ritenour Senior High School in 1975, and then he attended Florissant Valley Community College in their Criminal Justice Program.

In May of 1977 he began his employment with the City of Woodson Terrace as a Park Guard.  In August of 1977 he went to work for the Public Works Department, and on September 17th, 1979 he joined the Woodson Terrace Police Department as a Probationary Patrolman. 

Chief Dowling entered the Greater St. Louis Police Academy in October of 1979 and Graduated on February 8th, 1980.  He began his career as a Patrolman in the Patrol Division of the Department.  He attended many hours of in-service training and seminars over the years, furthering his education and knowledge in all facets of Law Enforcement.  In August of 1987 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Patrol Division, supervising a shift.  At the same time he also supervised the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSI) for the Department.  In January of 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Captain (Assistant Chief of Police) when Captain Carl Martin retired.  On July 12th, 2001 he was appointed to the Office of Chief of Police, to serve the remainder of the term of Office that was left upon the retirement of longtime Chief Tom McKay. In April of 2002 he was elected to his first full term in office as Chief of Police.  In April of 2006 he was elected to his second four year term in office.

Chief Dowling has been involved with many organizations over the years, including The Fraternal Order of Police, The Woodson Terrace Police Officer’s Benefit Association, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, The North County Police Chief’s Association, The St. Louis Area Police Chief’s Association, The Missouri Police Chief’s Association, and also The International Association of Chief’s of Police.  In addition, he is currently serving as the President of The Woodson Terrace Business Association. 

 Chief Dowling and his wife of 30 years Niesha, have three grown children; Brian, Emily, and Becky and continue to reside in Woodson Terrace.