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Board of Police Commissioners

Board Members

Commissioner Mark Tolbert, President
Bishop Mark Tolbert was appointed by Governor Greitens and sworn in on November 8, 2017. Tolbert is president and pastor of Victorious Life Church, previously known as Christ Temple Church. He was previously president of The Coalition of Concerned Clergy, board chairman of Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy, and board member of United Way. Tolbert attended Penn Valley Community College and holds a degree in divinity from Western Baptist Bible College.

Commissioner Cathy Dean, Vice President
Commissioner Cathy Dean was sworn in December 3, 2019. She grew up in Fulton, Mo. and is a long-time resident of Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Missouri with an Arts and Sciences degree in English and Public Speaking, teaching junior high English, Speech and Dramatics  for 9 years. She obtained a J.D. from the Univ. of Mo. Law School in 1982. Commissioner Dean has significant state and federal courtroom experience, dealing in cases ranging from anti-trust to product liability. From 1985 until her retirement in May 2013, she practiced at the Polsinelli Law Firm in Kansas City. She served on the Missouri Bar Board of Trustees and Board of Governors; was President of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater KC; received the Dean of the Trial Bar award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; and served on the Board of the Law Foundation of the University of Missouri School of Law. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt appointed her to the State Government Review Commission; Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver appointed her to serve on his Public Safety Task Force; and Governor John Ashcroft appointed her to the Governor’s Task Force to evaluate the management of the KCMO public school system. She also served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors with the Urban League of Greater KC. From May 1989 until October 1994, Commissioner Dean served the Board of Police Commissioners as Secretary/Attorney. 

Commissioner Don Wagner, Treasurer
Governor Greitens appointed Don Wagner as a member of the Board and was sworn in on November 6, 2017. Don Wagner is a private investor and General Partner of Wagner Investments, L.P. He worked for Trico Industries, a New York Stock Exchange company, in various positions from 1970, including President from 1984-1990. He acquired CST Industries from Trico Industries in 1990 and sold the company in 2006. Formerly Chairman of the Board of both the Boys and Girls Club Board of Greater Kansas City and Friends of the Kansas City Zoo. Currently serves as a Board Member for Kansas City Missouri Police Department, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, Tnemec, Co. Inc., APSCO, Kansas City Zoo Foundation Board, was past President of the River Club, is a Trustee of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Advisory Board Member-TOP Investments, LLC and Bl2 Capital Partners. Don Wagner is a graduate of the University of Tulsa in 1967 and the Stanford Executive Program in 1989. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Jean. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Commissioner Dawn Cramer, Member

Dawn was sworn in on August 31, 2021.

Dawn uses her leadership skills to empower women through transition and set them up for financial success in the future.

Dawn retired from the airline industry after a 28-year career to enter the financial services industry in 2007.  She relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, from Dallas, Texas, to start Cramer Capital Management with her husband, Bruce. Dawn holds the FINRA Series 7, 66 and AIF. Her securities registrations are through Commonwealth Financial Network®. Her specialty is in working with women who are transitioning from divorce, going into a new career, losing a spouse, and many other circumstances. Dawn uses her leadership skills to empower women through transition and set them up for financial success in the future.

Dawn is actively involved in educating women bringing an awareness to the importance of becoming financially independent and maintaining that through proper planning and investing strategies. She founded the Women’s Mastermind Program in early 2012 for women to reach their goals within the many fields of the small business industry.

Dawn completed a high-level leadership program through Klemmer that is known for training Fortune 500 circles. She is a gifted public speaker in advocating for youth to be aware of the importance of making sound life choices as well as encouraging them to say no to violence. In addition, Dawn is currently involved in Clay County Domestic Violence Board and past board member for the Heartland Foundation and Northland Shepherd Center. She is also the founder of the “Let’s Get Jazzed” event, benefitting Charities, with Newhouse, an inner-city shelter for women of domestic violence being the main focus. Dawn is a member of the Atkin Johnson Farm and currently of their 5K Charity run committee, which benefits farm and school education programs.

Dawn is highly active in her children’s lives and is their greatest advocate. She enjoys engaging in outdoor activities such as, horseback riding, hiking, scuba diving, fitness, nutrition, and natural healing.

Mayor Quinton Lucas, Member
Quinton Lucas was sworn in as Mayor of Kansas City, Mo. on August 1, 2019. An attorney, Quinton earned a law degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Washington University. Upon returning to Kansas City from school, Quinton started his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals. He then practiced business law for several years. At 27, Quinton joined the University of Kansas School of Law faculty, where he continues to teach and write. He also volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including providing mentorship in area prisons.

Prior to elected office, Quinton served on the city’s Charter Review Commission and with numerous other civic, philanthropic, and professional organizations. He now serves as Chair of the City Council Housing Committee, where he works with issues related to affordable housing and the future of the city’s housing policy. Quinton also is a member of the committees on Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development; the Airport; Transportation and Infrastructure; Neighborhoods and Public Safety.

Secretary/Attorney David Kenner

The Board of Police Commissioners selected David Kenner as their secretary/attorney in 2010. Kenner is an Instructor with the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City – business law, commercial transactions, and business ethics. He was previously with the Levy Craig Law Firm serving as President, and Chair of the Transaction Department. He is a member of the Board of Directors of TriCentury Bank, and serves on its Audit, IT, and Compensation Committees. Kenner has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law, The Best Lawyers in Kansas City from 435 Magazine, and Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of The Bar. He received the 2016 Law Firm Leader award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly given to chairman, managing partners or other law firm executives who demonstrated extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership, and the 2015 Baron of the Boardroom award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in recognition of a distinguished career representing corporate/business clients.

To contact members of the Board of Police Commissioners, please email BOPC@kcpd.org.