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The Newton City Council consists of a Mayor and six (6) Council Members. The current members are (as pictured above, from left to right): Wayne Dellinger, Wes Weaver, John Stiver, Mayor Anne P. Stedman, Robert Abernethy, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem Mary Bess Lawing and Tom Rowe.

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 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except for in July and December (due to holidays).

City Council elections?

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.  




Robert C. Abernethy Jr.robert abernethy

Profession:

  • Vice President of Sales, Carolina Glove Company

Education: 

  • Gardner-Webb University -- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Elected to Council: 

  • 2009; re-elected 2013 (current term ends 2017)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations:

  • Newton Flames Foundation (Youth Sports)
  • Southeastern Narrow Gauge and Shortline Museum Steering Committee
  • Member of Newton Depot Authority
  • Member of Newton Elks Lodge
  • Member of Grace Reformed UCC of Newton

Contact Information



Wayne Dellingerwayne dellinger

Profession:

  • Owner and Operator of Pin Station Bowling Center
  • Worked in the retail business for 45 years

Education: 

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School
  • Attended Lenoir-Rhyne College

Elected to Council: 

  • Served as Mayor for a total of 16 years; Council Member for 16 years, (current term ends in 2015)  

Community /Government Involvement and Organizations:

  • Member of Newton Kiwanis Club
  • Member of First United Methodist Church
  • Member of Off-Street Parking Committee
  • Member of Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Volunteer Firefighter


Mary Bess Lawingmary bess lawing

Profession:

  • Account Executive
  • Executive Assistant

Education: 

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School
  • Graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College

Elected to Council: 

  • Board of Aldermen, 1977-89
  • Board of Aldermen, 1991-95
  • Board of Aldermen, 1997-2001
  • City Council, 2007-11, 2011- (current term ends 2015)
  • Mayor pro tem (2013)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations

  • Catawba County Historical Association Trustee
  • Downtown Newton Development Association Board Member
  • Former Member of Newton Appearance Commission
  • Former Member of Newton Festivals & Events Committee
  • Lifelong Member of First United Methodist Church
  • Newton Kiwanis Club Member
  • Member of North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) Board of Directors
  • Western Piedmont Council of Government Board Member

Contact Information


 
Tom Rowetom rowe

Profession:

  • Retired Land Surveyor

Education: 

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School and attended Catawba Valley Community College.  He served six years in the United States Army Reserves.

Elected to Council: 

  • Council Member - 10 years; Mayor Pro Tem - 2 years;
    Mayor - 4 years; elected again to Council in 2007 and 2011 (current term ends in 2015)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations:

  • Member of Newton Kiwanis Club
  • Member of Newton Depot Authority
  • Member of Newton Tree Board
  • Retired Volunteer Firefighter (25 years of service)
  • Served on the Host Committee for 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games 
  • Member of Grace Reformed United Church of Christ
  • Member of Newton Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee
 

John StiverJohn Stiver profile x

Profession:

  • 41 years in public education as a teacher, coach, principal, secondary director and consultant

Education: 

  • Graduate of Bunker Hill High School
  • Bachelor of Science Degree 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: 

  • 2013 (current term ends 2017)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations:

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

Contact Information

  • 828-612-0989
 

wes weaverWes Weaver

Profession:

  • Financial advisor for Edward Jones

Education/Experience: 

  • Attended CVCC and CCC&TI
  • Fully licensed North Carolina insurance agent
  • Four years in United States Marine Corps

Elected to Council: 

  • Appointed as Council Member in 2011
  • Elected 2013 (current term ends 2017)

Community/Government Involvement and Organizations:

  • President of Newton Merchants Group, Inc. 
  • Member of Marine Corps League
  • Member of American Legion

Personal:

  • Married to Jackie Weaver
  • Wes and Jackie have two children: CJ, age 5, and Wesley, age 3

The current Mayor is Anne P. Stedman, who was elected in 2011.

The City Attorney is John Cilley.