Denise Duerksen, CMC
201 E. 6th St.
PO Box 426
Newton, KS 67114
It is the City Clerk's philosophy to provide high-quality customer service to those who contact or visit Newton City Hall and to facilitate a positive and productive experience with local government.
The City Clerk's office is responsible for many basic governmental functions. As part of the official duties, the Clerk serves as the record keeper of all City Commission proceedings and actions, as well as City records (ordinances, resolutions, deeds, contracts, agreements, easements, vacations).
The City Clerk is designated as the Freedom of Information Officer and coordinates requests for records. Access to or copies of public records may be be obtained through filling out a records request form and submitting it to the City Clerk's office.
The Clerk's office is also responsible for providing the Governing Body with agenda packets and materials, maintaining and updating the City Code, recording and certifying special assessments, licensing for cereal malt beverages (corporate, individual, partnership) drinking establishments,food, peddlers, handbills, pawnbrokers & precious metal dealers, taxi cab licenses, street closures (for construction and non-construction) and fireworks stand permits. These licenses may be downloaded from this page or obtained in the utility billing office.
The upkeep of Greenwood Cemetery and Restlawn Cemetery records also falls under the duties of the City Clerk. Cemetery software has been installed, which will help to better assist family members in locating loved ones and requesting genealogy information: search here
History of Newton
The City of Newton was incorporated February 22, 1872, and became a Second Class City on January 22, 1880, and a First Class City on January 1, 1969. The 2016 estimated population of Newton was 19,105.
The City of Newton operates as a Commission-Manager form of government. The City Manager administers the affairs of the City, and the Commission sets the policy for the City (K.S.A. 12-1001 et seq.).
Newton City Hall is located at 201 East 6th Street, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.