Secretary of State
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Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564


For Immediate Release
Friday, January 7, 2005

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580


Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh announced that Brian Newby will be appointed Johnson County election commissioner.

“Brian Newby brings experience in technology and the leadership skills necessary to continue the momentum established by Johnson County in administering elections,” stated Thornburgh. “I am confident that Johnson County will remain at the forefront and continue to be recognized as the national model for elections under Brian’s leadership.”

“People from around the country applied for this position and I am proud we found the best here in Johnson County,” stated Thornburgh.

“It is an honor to be appointed, but it is an even greater honor to be chosen to succeed Connie Schmidt, who has set a high standard in this role,” Newby said. “I am thrilled to lead this team and to continue the incredible momentum of fairness and performance everyone has come to expect from the election office.”

Brian Newby will serve out the remainder of a four-year-term that was previously held by Connie Schmidt.

Newby currently serves as the vice president of operations for Finity Technologies. Previously, he worked as the director of strategic planning for Sprint. Newby is an active member of the community and will resign from the Shawnee, Kansas city council at the end of January. He has held that seat since April 2002.


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Thornburgh appointed a five member search committee in November to review applications and conduct interviews. The committee members were Nancy Bryant, chief of staff to the secretary of state; Brad Bryant, deputy assistant secretary of state for the Division of Elections and Legislative Matters; Annabeth Surbaugh, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners; Carol H. Sader, former state representative; and Fred J. Logan, Jr., attorney and long-time community leader. A total of 63 people applied for the Johnson County election commissioner position. Upon completing the interview process, the selection committee recommended three candidates to the secretary of state for his review.

A formal swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2005, in the Johnson County Administration Building, board hearing room, 3rd floor, 111 South Cherry, Olathe.