Brooklyn mourns death of retired NYPD Chief Charles ‘Chucky’ Scholl

Deputy Chief Charles Scholl waves to the crowd during his retirement walkout in 2020.
File photo by Todd Maisel

Brooklyn is mourning the passing of former New York City Police Department Chief Charles “Chucky” Scholl, who died suddenly on Friday, June 17. He was 64 years old.

Scholl, the former NYPD Chief of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, was appointed to the force in November 1979, and continued to serve his home borough for 41 years.

He rounded out his career at Coney Island’s 60th Precinct, before retiring in 2020 at the age of 62.

Scholl was well loved by the community and received dozens of awards and accolades during his time with the NYPD. Colleagues, family and friends say that everyone who knew him, loved him and ensure he will be dearly missed.

“All who knew him respected & loved him,” read a tweet posted to the account of current Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, the current commanding officer of Brooklyn South, on Friday. “Chief Scholl will be missed immensely!”

Scholl — who grew up in Carroll Gardens and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice — leaves behind a legacy of service, having worked up close with harrowing crimes and challenging times in the borough. After graduating from the police academy, he was assigned to the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn Heights, where he rose to the rank of sergeant in 1985.

He went on to become captain of the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, before moving to Crown Heights’ 71st Precinct. He later became the deputy inspector and commander of the 60th Precinct in Coney Island, before ultimately serving as the police chief of the borough’s southern sector.

“I only hope some day some young cop will mention my name and say I made a difference,” Scholl said at his retirement, which was attended by many who loved and admired him.

A wake will be held on June 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Leone’s Funeral Home (696 Fourth Ave.). A funeral service will follow on June 22 at St. Mary Star of the Sea (467 Court St.).