August 23, 2018, Special Meeting

Publish Date 08/23/2018


 A meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri was held on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at KCPD Headquarters, Community Room, 1125 Locust, Kansas City.


Commissioner Nathan Garrett, President
Commissioner Leland Shurin, Vice President
Commissioner Don Wagner, Treasurer
Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., Member
Mr. David V. Kenner, Secretary/Attorney
Acting Chief of Police Karl Oakman
Deputy Chief Roger Lewis, Executive Services Bureau
Major Wayne Stewart, Fiscal Division
Major Daniel Gates, Logistical Support Division
Captain Stephenie Price, Financial Services Unit


Commissioner Mark Tolbert, Member

This meeting was called to order at 9:04 a.m. by Commissioner Garrett. Everyone in attendance did so via telephone conference. Commissioner Tolbert had an excused absence.

Deputy Chief Roger Lewis presented the following item for Board approval:

  1. Police Vehicle Purchase. A memorandum dated August 14, 2018, was presented to recommend approval of the purchase of thirty (30) new 2019 model year Ford SUV police vehicles from Shawnee Mission Ford at a total expenditure of $855,510.00, or $28,517.00 per vehicle. Commissioner Garrett stated that prior to the meeting, Commissioner Tolbert informed him that he was in favor of approving the purchase.

Following questions from Commissioner Shurin about why there were so few bids, Deputy Chief Lewis explained that Ford gives rotating support to different dealers for fleet purchases. These are standard police package vehicles which are the same as other departments use. The Department has to do extensive outifitting of these vehicles, installing radios, computers, shotgun mounts. K-Com does the installation if the Department is too backed up, but most is done in-house. When Commissioner Shurin asked if these vehicles were better than others, Deputy Chief Lewis replied yes, after the Crown Victoria was phased out. The Department is testing some Dodge Durangos and Chargers.

A motion was made by Commissioner Shurin, with a second by Mayor James, to approve the purchase of thirty (30) Ford police SUVs at a total expenditure of $855,510.00. The vote was 4-0.

Acting Chief Karl Oakman spoke briefly about the fire that occurred during the early morning hours. He advised that shortly after midnight on the morning of August 23rd, East Patrol officers were dispatched to an alarm at the Department’s Property and Evidence Warehouse located on Front Street. Upon arrival, officers and members of KCFD determined there was a fire inside of the warehouse. Acting Chief Oakman believes that approximately 10% of the property was damaged as a result, but advised that the Department won’t have official damage results until the Bomb and Arson Unit is completed with their investigation. At this time, it is unclear how the fire started. Acting Chief Oakman believes that the Department will still be able to use the facility in the future. There were no interior cameras and one exterior camera; however, the exterior camera was not functioning at the time of the incident.

A motion was made by Commissioner Wagner, with a second by Mayor James, to adjourn its open meeting at 9:22 a.m. The vote was 4-0 in favor. Following polling, Mayor James voted aye, Commissioner Wagner voted aye, Commissioner Garrett voted aye, and Commissioner Shurin voted aye.





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