Mayor & Board Of Trustees

Mayor & Board of Trustees

New Athens is a home rule municipality governed by an elected Mayor (Village President) and a six member Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees functions as the legislative branch of the Village government and is the elected representation of the citizens of New Athens. 

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In accordance with state law, the Board of Trustees establishes the policy and legislative direction, adopts all ordinances and resolutions, and maintains the authority of final determination on land use matters. The Mayor and Board of Trustees are elected at-large to four year, staggered terms.

Mayor of New Athens

Joe Behnken

Joe Behnken

Mayor

Term: May 3, 2021 -
May 5, 2025

Duties

  • The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the Village and shall see to the enforcement of all laws and ordinances.
  • The Mayor shall preside over the meetings of the Board of Trustees and perform such duties as may be required of him by statute or law.
  • The Mayor shall have supervision over all of the executive officers and Village employees; provided, however, his or her control is subject to the power of the Village Board to prescribe the duties of various officers and employees.
  • The Mayor shall have the power and authority at any reasonable time to inspect all books, papers and records pertaining to Village affairs and kept by any officer of the Village.

Board of Trustees

Arlene Geppert
Arlene Geppert
Trustee
Term: May 3, 2021 -
May 5, 2025
Streets and Alleys
Public Property & Parks
Water and Sewer
Personnel & Public Safety
Ordinance Review
Improvements & Grants
ADA Compliance
Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson
Trustee
Term: May 6, 2019 -
May 1, 2023
Finance & Audit
Cemetery
Debby Politsch
Debby Politsch
Trustee
Term: May 3, 2021 -
May 5, 2025
Streets and Alleys
Public Property & Parks
Cemetery
Personnel & Public Safety
Ordinance Review
Improvements & Grants
ADA Compliance
John Feder
John Feder
Trustee
Term: May 3, 2021 -
May 1, 2023
Streets and Alleys
Water and Sewer
Personnel & Public Safety
Ordinance Review
ADA Compliance
Steve Newbold
Steve Newbold
Trustee
Term: May 31, 2021 -
May 5, 2025
Finance & Audit
Public Property & Parks
Cemetery
Water and Sewer
Ordinance Review
Improvements & Grants
Terry Hamon
Terry Hamon
Trustee
Term: May 6, 2019 -
May 1, 2023
Finance & Audit

Committee Assignments

The Village Board has 11 standing committees, each comprised of three members of the Village Board. Prior to Board action, standing committees review, consider, and make recommendations on items within their brief.

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