Kansas City Police Board Member's Credentials Questioned

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former leader of a Kansas City-area charitable organization said the newest member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners served on its board for one year, contrary to a report that raised questions about the biographical information she provided before she was appointed to the board.

Dawn Cramer, who was named to the board by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson last month, said in a biography released at the time that she had served on the boards of the Heartland Foundation and the KC Shepherd's Center.

KCUR reported this week that Internal Revenue Service documents going back to 2006 do not list Cramer as a board member for either organization.

But Rebecca Gordon Brown, former executive director of the Heartland Foundation, told KCUR that Cramer served on the board from Jan. 1, 2015 to Nov. 10, 2015. Cramer is not listed on the center’s IRS filing for that year, which is required for anyone sitting on a nonprofit board.

KCUR found no proof that Cramer served on the Northland Shepherd’s Center.

Cramer insisted on Monday that she had served on both boards.

Cramer, who is vice president of Cramer Capital Management, also claimed on her company’s website that she “completed the highest-level PhD program through Klemmer University.”

Klemmer is a for-profit company that provides seminars and private corporate training sessions.

Cramer said Monday that Klemmer provides a leadership program that has been compared internally to working for a Ph.D.

“I don’t have a PHD and never claimed to have one,” Cramer wrote in the email.

Parson’s office did not respond to request for comment on the discrepancies. Kansas City police referred comment to the governor’s office, KCUR reported.


This story was first published on Sept. 14. It was updated on Sept. 16 to correct that a former executive director of the Heartland Foundation says Cramer served on the organization's board for a year.