City Council

The Newton City Council consists of a mayor and six council members. The current council members are Mayor Eddie Haupt, Beverly Danner, Jody Dixon, Jerry Hodge, Ed Sain, Mayor Pro Tem John Stiver, and Anne Abernethy Wepner.

Beverly DannerBeverly Danner

Profession

  • Executive Administrator

Education

  • General Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Leadership
  • Marketing and Sales

Elected to Council

  • 2019 (current term ends in 2023)  

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Senior Citizens Center Volunteer
  • Special Olympics Children and Schools Sponsor
  • Hungry and/or Homeless Host
  • Reducing Crime and Promoting Safety Neighborhood Organizer
  • Promoter of Community Enhancement

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Jody DixonJody Dixon

Profession

  • Social studies teacher at Newton-Conover City Schools

Education

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in History
  • Appalachian State University - Master of Arts in History
  • National Board Certified Teacher

Elected to Council

  • 2019 (current term ends in 2023)  

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Member of Newton Elks
  • Member of Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority
  • Former member of Newton Planning Commission

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Jerry T. HodgeJerry Hodge

Profession

  •  Retired - Newspaper Publishing
    • Observer News-Enterprise, Newton
    • Lenoir News-Topic, Lenoir
    • Wilmington Star News, Wilmington
  • Retired - Refuse and Recycling Business Development Manager
    • Republic Services of North Carolina

Education

  •  East Carolina University - Bachelor of Science

Elected to Council

  • 2019 (current term ends in 2023)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • City of Newton Business Advisory Committee - Former Chairman
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments Policy Board -  Member
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments Transportation Committee - Member
  • First Presbyterian Church of Newton - Elder
  • Newton-Conover Rotary Club - Former Member - Paul Harris Fellow
  • Newton-Conover Education Foundation - Co-founder and Former President
  • Catawba County Foresight Planning Committee - Member, 2004
  • Catawba County Chamber of Commerce - Board Chairman, 1998
  • Catawba County, State and National Senior Games Finalist, 2014 - 2015
  • Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Association - Former Board Member and Coach

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Ed SainEd Sain

Profession

  • Master Technician with Mercedes-Benz of North America for 34 years, winner of the Mercedes-Benz Star Technician Award (one of 22 selected annually)

Education

  • Graduate of CVTI Automotive Program
  • Recipient of CVTC Certificate in Advanced Automotive Program
  • Advanced Service Training with Mercedes-Benz of North America in Montvale, N.J., and Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Completed two years of business courses at Catawba Valley Community College

Elected to Council

  • Elected 2017 (current term ends 2021)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Member, deacon, and current president of Church Council of Grace United Church of Christ, Newton
  • Member, past president, and current member of board of of directors of Newton Kiwanis Club
  • Middle school golf team coach for St. Stephens Lutheran School
  • Member and past chairman of Newton Recreation Commission
  • Baseball, football, and basketball coach for Startown Optimist Club
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John StiverJohn Stiver

Profession

  • Teacher, Coach, Principal, Secondary Director, Consultant
  • 41 years in public education

Education

  • Graduate of Bunker Hill High School
  • Bachelor of Science from Western Carolina University
  • Master of Science Administration and Supervision from NC A&T University
  • Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Appalachian State University

Elected to Council

  • 2017 (current term ends 2021)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Former chairman of the Newton Business Advisory Committee
  • Former chairman of the Newton Recreation Commission

Contact Information


Anne Abernethy WepnerAnne Abernethy Wepner

Profession

  • Pastor at Bethel Evangelical and Reformed Church, Mountain View
  • Small business owner, Fixtures & more, d.b.a. The Light Place, Hickory Furniture Mart

Education

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Davidson College
  • Master of Divinity from Dubuque Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary

Elected to Council

  • Elected 2017 (current term ends 2021)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Member of Newton-Conover Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow
  • Former board member of Newton-Conover Auditorium
  • Board Member of The Green Room Community Theatre
  • Active volunteer with the Downtown Newton Development Association
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What does the City Council do?
The City Council enacts City policies and laws to govern city operations and the citizens of Newton. The City Council also has the responsibility to appoint a City Attorney. The Council  usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave.

How do City Council elections work?
Members of the City Council are elected by the citizens at-large to serve a four-year term. City Council members must reside within the city limits. Elections are held every two years to stagger the terms of office. 

The current Newton mayor is Eddie Haupt, who was elected in 2019.

The current Newton attorney is John Cilley.