Karen Ullery Williams


Karen Ullery Williams is a senior legal analyst with the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Police Commissioners’ Office of Community Complaints (the oldest continually operating police oversight agency). Ms. Williams began her career with the Office as a legal analyst in 2001. In this position, Ms. Williams is tasked with the intake, analysis, and reporting of complaints, as well as compilation of the Annual Report, quarterly newsletters, and statistical reports. She also teaches classes to community members, members of the Department, and police officer candidates on the complaint progress, ways to reduce complaints, and responsible interaction with the police. Ms. Williams serves as the coordinator of the Office of Community Complaints’ Advisory Council, a group of Kansas Citians who act as the Office’s “eyes and ears” in the community and test complaint facilities for compliance with the Office’s policies and procedures. Most recently, Ms. Williams spoke at the 2013 NOBLE conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the topic of “What Law Enforcement Needs to Know About Civilian Oversight.”

Prior to her current position with the Board of Police Commissioners, she was employed by Shook, Hardy, and Bacon L.L.P., in Kansas City, Missouri as a Products Liability Analyst, where she reviewed and analyzed client files, collected documents for litigation, and maintained a database of documents produced to a legal depository as a result of litigation. Ms. Williams also was a summer intern for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department for four summers, spending two summers working for the North Patrol Division and two summers at the Regional Police Academy.

Ms. Williams has a B.A. (1999) from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with degrees in both Political Science and History. She graduated with distinction from Park University in Parkville, Missouri (2010) with a Master of Public Affairs degree, with a concentration in Nonprofit and Community Services Management. She is a recent graduate of the inaugural class of the Kansas City Leadership Academy. In her spare time, Ms. Williams makes custom invitations and announcements, serves as an admissions ambassador for Cornell College, and sits on the Board of Directors for her neighborhood HOA. Ms. Williams currently serves on the NACOLE Board of Directors in the position of local conference coordinator and newsletter committee chair.