Newton Mayor Mike Hansen Says He Is Now the Longest Serving Mayor in the City’s History

With the new year, Newton Mayor Mike Hansen says he is the longest serving mayor in the City’s history. Hansen was in his third term as 2nd Ward City Councilman when he was appointed Mayor in November of 2012, replacing Chaz Allen. Allen was Newton’s Mayor from 2004 until he resigned at the end of September 2012. He recommended Hansen be appointed as his replacement.. Hansen won his first Mayoral election the following year, in November of 2013. This past November, voters granted him a 5th term. In the year ahead, Mayor Hansen expects City staff and the Council to continue to look for ways to enhance the quality of life in town. He cites as an example the Holiday Lights Display at Maytag Park, which just went dark for the season yesterday.

As Mayor in Newton…Hansen can not vote on items that come before the City Council, except to break a tie. He does have veto power though, requiring an issue be brought back before the Council on another vote before it’s approved.

Tonight’s (Monday’s) first City Council meeting of the year will also be the very first for new City Council members Vicki Wade….who’s representing the 4th Ward, and new 2nd Ward representative Melissa Dalton. They were sworn in at the last City Council meeting December 20th. That was the last Council meeting for their predecessors Steve Mullan and Dean Stoner. Both ended their City Council careers by urging Newton residents to be involved in City Government.

That’s Stoner, who spent 4 years on the City Council. Mullan, who served as a Councilman since 2006, concurred with Stoner’s comments.

This evening’s (Monday’s) Newton City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m.