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Nixon names KC lawyer to police board

Leland Shurin
Leland Shurin Photo courtesy Shaffer Lombardo Shurin law firm

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Kansas City lawyer Leland Shurin to the Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Police Department. Shurin is a well-known area lawyer and Democrat.

Shurin fills a post that’s been vacant for more than a year. The terms of two other members of the current board — Alvin Brooks and Angela Wasson-Hunt — have expired, but they have not been replaced. The term of the fourth appointed member, Michael Rader, expires in 2017.

Mayor Sly James is automatically a member of the board, which oversees department policy and spending. Shurin’s appointment needs approval from the state Senate.