Brian D. Newby was first appointed Johnson County Election Commissioner by Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh (R) in January 2005 and was also appointed by Secretary of State Chris Biggs (D) and tSecretary of State Kris Kobach (R). He was the 8th Johnson Countian to serve as Election Commissioner.

Newby administered 69 elections while earning national recognition for operational and technological innovation excellence.   Newby administered more elections than any other election commissioner in Johnson County history.