banner-3.jpg

Board of Police Commissioners

Board Members

Commissioner Nathan Garrett, President
Nathan Garrett was appointed by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and sworn in on July 27, 2017. He is a past recipient of the Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the Department’s most coveted honors. Additionally, he was selected as the 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for the greater Kansas City area by Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of white-collar criminal defense. Nathan Garrett has repeatedly been honored by Best Lawyers in America, as well as Missouri & Kansas Super LawyersKC Magazine 100 and the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and qui tam (False Claims Act) law. He has served as a state trooper, state prosecutor, FBI Special Agent and federal prosecutor. As a federal prosecutor, he served as Chief of the National Security and Terrorism Section in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Nathan Garrett also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney while serving as a Special Agent for the FBI. Prior to his federal service, he was a Missouri State Trooper and a county prosecutor. Garrett is married with two children.

Commissioner Cathy Dean, Member
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 Mark Tolbert, Member 
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.

Mayor Quinton Lucas
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 the president of the Levy Craig Law Firm, and a member of its transaction department. He has experience in all aspects of real estate, including acquisitions, sales, leases, exchanges, development and construction, finance and lending, brokerage issues, workouts and foreclosures, and real estate-related litigation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of TriCentury Bank, and the Chair of its Audit Committee. Kenner has been named The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Banking and Finance Law for 2013-16, The Best Lawyers in Kansas City from 435 Magazine in 2015, and Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of The Bar from 2006 to 2010, 2012, 2013. He received the 2016 Law Firm Leader award given to chairman, managing partners or other law firm executives who demonstrated extraordinary vision, innovation and leadership during the year from Missouri Lawyers Weekly, and the 2015 Baron of the Boardroom award in recognition of a distinguished career representing corporate/business clients from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.