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City Council

The Newton City Council consists of a Mayor and six Council Members. The current members are Mayor Anne P. Stedman, Robert Abernethy Jr., Jody Dixon, Jerry Hodge, Tom Rowe, Mayor Pro Tempore John Stiver and Wes Weaver.

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.

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


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

  • 2015 (current term ends in 2019)  

Community /Government Involvement and Organizations

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

Contact Information


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

  • 2015 (current term ends in 2019)

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

Contact Information


Tom Rowetom rowe

Profession

  • Retired Land Surveyor

Education

  • Graduate of Newton-Conover High School
  • Attended Catawba Valley Community College.
  • 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, 2011 and 2015 (current term ends in 2019)

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

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

  • 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

  • Senior Financial Advisor for Western North Carolina with Bank of the Ozarks

Education/Experience

  • Attended Catawba Valley Community College and Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
  • Fully-licensed North Carolina Insurance Agent
  • Holds securities license with Series 7 and Series 66
  • 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 7, and Wesley, age 5
Contact Information
  • 828-446-7080

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

The City Attorney is John Cilley.