Brian D. Newby was first appointed Johnson County Election Commissioner by Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh in January 2005 and has served under Secretary of State Chris Biggs and the current Secretary, Kris Kobach. He was the 8th Johnson Countian to serve as Election Commissioner.

Since his initial appointment, Newby administered more than 60 elections while earning national recognition for operational and technological innovation excellence.   Newby administered more elections than any other election commissioner in Johnson County history.