The City of Newton is governed by the Mayor and an six-person City Council. The City Council is comprised of two elected councilmen from each of the three City Wards. Currently there are 22 committees or commissions to assist with the governance of the City's affairs.
Scott Bloomberg, Ward 1
Scott Bloomberg was elected to the City Council in 2001. He is the Chairman of the Building and Grounds, Building Permit, and Economic Development committees, and is active on Water/WasteWater and Parks and Cemetery committees.
Scott is a member of St. Thomas Church, Past President of St. Thomas Catholic School, a Paul Harris Fellow of Newton Rotary, member of the Knights of Columbus and the Illinois Chiropractic Society. Scott is a Chiropractic Physician AS, BS, DC. He has operated Bloomberg Chiropractic Center since is 1988. He resides at 304 E. Maxwell in Newton with his wife, Linda. They have three children.
Stephen Rubsam, Ward 1
Stephen was appointed to the City Council in July of 2015. He is Committee Chairman of the Finance Committee and Insurance Committees.
Stephen is a 1970 graduated of Newton Community High School and graduated from Olney Central College in 1972. He is a member of St. Thomas Church and Knights of Columbus. Stephen is retired and resides at 103 A East Morgan St. with his wife, Earlene. They have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah.
Larry D. Brooks, Ward 3
Larry Brooks was first elected to the City Council in 1999 and served for eight years. He returned to the council in 2007. Larry is a member of the Finance and Insurance committees. He is a member of Jasper County 911 Board, the Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas Church and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.
Larry is a 1960 graduate of Newton Community High School. He is retired from Newton IGA, where he managed the Meat Department for 36 years. Larry resides at 304 S. Jackson Street in Newton with his wife, Connie. They have five children and 10 grandchildren.
David Brown, Ward 2
David Brown was elected to his first term as Alderman of Ward 2 in 2007. He is committee chairman for the Emergency Management Agency; Health and Sanitation; and Parks, Cemeteries and Pool committees.
David is a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, a Wade Community firefighter and the training officer for M.A.B.A.S. 54 HAZMAT Team. He is a 1988 graduate of Newton Community High School. He received an associates degree from Frontier Community College and is in sales and design at Yoder Cabinets in Arthur. David resides at 805 N. E. Hickory Drive in Newton with his wife, Melissa. They have three sons, Connor, Parker and Carson.
Eric Blake, Ward 2
Eric Blake was appointed to City Council in February, 2014. He is Committee Chairman for Negotiations and Dues and Donations.
Eric is a member of St. Thomas Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also serves on the St. Thomas School Board and is Secretary and Precinct Committeeman for the Jasper County Republican Central Committee. Eric is a 1992 graduate of Newton Community High School and is employed at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana. Eric resides at 23 Central Drive in Newton with his wife, Jamie. They have two children, Madison and Landen.
Robert Reisner, Ward 3
Robert Reisner has been serving on the City Council for two years. He is committee chairman for the Street Department and also serves on the WasteWater Treatment committee.
Robert is a member of the Central Christian Church and is the manager of Arndt’s Fudgery. Robert resides at 505 Martin Street in Newton.
Regularly scheduled Newton City Council meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The City Council meetings and committee meetings are held at City Hall located at 108 N. Van Buren in Newton.
Meeting dates for 2018:
Jan. 2 and 16
Feb. 6 and 20
March 6 and 20
April 3 and 17
May 1 and 15
June 5 and 19
July 3 and 17
Aug. 7 and 21
Sept. 4 and 18
Oct. 2 and 16
Nov. 6 and 20
Dec. 4 and 18
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Mark Bolander was elected Mayor in 2005. He is a member of St. Thomas Church and Newton Rotary. Mark resides at 502 E. Morgan Street in Newton with his wife, Karen. They have three children, Micah, Lucas and Mallory.