The Kansas Secretary of State has begun the process of finding an election commissioner to replace Brian Newby, who for the past 10 years has overseen elections in Johnson County. Newby has taken a job as the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Newby’s last day as the top election official in Johnson County was Nov. 13. His replacement will be appointed by the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. There is no interim county election commissioner in the meantime. The vacancy has been advertised by the Secretary of State’s office, which has an online site to submit resumes and cover letters. Qualified applicants have to have lived in the county for at least two years. Applications will close Friday.
Newby has been appointed by both Democratic and Republican secretaries of state. He was reappointed last year by Secretary of State Kris Kobach for a four-year term. His successor will fill out the remainder of that term.
Newby’s new job is running the Election Assistance Commission, an independent, bipartisan office created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The commission provides information on best practices to election officials throughout the country, compiles election data and certifies new voting systems as local election offices install them, Newby said.