Newton is served by five at-large City Commissioners. City elections take place in the fall of odd-numbered years. The top two vote-getters are elected to four-year terms, and the third-place vote-getter serves a two-year term.

A mayor is appointed each year from within the Commission. Traditionally, the highest vote-getter in the last election is appointed vice mayor and becomes mayor the following year.

The mayor is recognized as the head of City government for ceremonial purposes. The mayor conducts Commission meetings and executes contracts, deeds and agreements on behalf of the City, but has no additional authority or voting powers. The vice mayor generally fulfills this role when the mayor is not available.

Commission members

Leroy Koehn








Mayor Leroy Koehn 
Owner, Koehn Painting Co. 

Commissioner Rich Stinnett 









Vice Mayor Rich Stinnett
President, BTCO Inc.

Commissioner Clint McBroom










Commissioner Clint McBroom
Pastor, First Church of God

  • President, Stratford Place Homeowners Association
  • Treasurer, Newton Ministerial Alliance and Harvest of Love
  • Board Member, Community Chaplain Response Team
  • Assistant Coach, Newton JR Railers Football
  • Committee Chair and Advancement Chair, Boy Scouts of America
  • Phone: 316-641-5946

Commissioner Rod Kreie










Commissioner Rod Kreie
Managing Member, Great Plains Biosciences Group

Kathy Valentine










Commissioner Kathy Valentine
Patient Account Representative, Anesthesia Billing Inc.