Northland Celebrates New Kansas City Police Commish

Today there was good news for our neighbors on the nicer side of the bridge.

The Northland earns a bit of representation on the Kansas City Police Board.

A few takeaways . . . 

- This selection proves that so-called "local control" isn't going to happen any time soon.

- Despite more than a year of bitter protest, the KCPD Chief won't have to worry about a vote for his removal. 

- Demographics matter more than demonstrations - Recent census numbers reveal that most of Kansas City's population growth is coming from the Northland. Accordingly, here's the first peek at more political power for this enclave. 

Check a worthwhile takeaway and tacit acceptance . . .

Ed Ford, a former city councilman who chairs the Northland Chamber of Commerce, said he supports the appointment in part because Northland residents have lacked representation on the police board for several years.

"We want someone on the police board that understands what life is like north of the river in terms of crime," he said. "We're very pleased with the appointment. We think she'll do a great job."

Cramer worked in the airline industry for 28 years before starting the financial services company with her husband, according to the governor's office. She did not immediately respond to a message left seeking comment.

On Twitter, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas — who also sits on the police board — wrote that Cramer was not among the "bipartisan set of candidates" he suggested to Parson, but he nonetheless "(looks) forward to meeting her and working with her."

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Governor Appoints Northlander To Fill Open Seat On Kansas City Board Of Police Commissioners

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday appointed Dawn Cramer to fill an open seat on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners that was vacated by Nathan Garrett in June. Cramer is vice president of Cramer Capital Management, which she runs with her husband, Bruce Cramer.