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Robert Knabel
Robert Knabel

Bob has been the City of Newton’s City Administrator since March of 2012.  Bob possesses 41 years of executive leadership experience in local government positions. His career began in 1974 as an Administrative Assistant in Glencoe, IL. From there, Bob has served as City Administrator/City Manager for seven cities in the states of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho and New York. 

Bob received his Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Linda is Bob’s wife of 43 years and they have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Their daughter Nikki and her family live in Galesburg, IL, and she is a stay-at-home mom that home schools their four children. Their son Brett lives in Trevor, WI with his family and they have three children. Brett is a Deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois. 

In Bob’s free time he enjoys reading, cooking, collecting antique clocks and teaching. Bob’s fondness for teaching had him once being an Instructor at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. Bob’s joy of cooking led him to owning a fine-dining Italian restaurant in Galesburg for a while. Bob also enjoys being active in his church. 


Robert Knabel
City Administrator

Ph: (641) 792-2787 

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