Northfield is a home rule charter City. The City Council is comprised of seven elected officials who legislate policy and govern, with the mayor serving as the presiding officer. Of the six council positions, there are four ward representatives and two at-large positions – all with staggered, four-year terms.
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Engaging the Community
The City enjoys a committed and involved citizenry, many of whom actively participate in local government affairs and offer perspective and insight to staff and elected officials. Community members participate on a host of commissions and task forces that add a grassroots element to local policy-making and implementation of plans and policies.
Northfield is an open, safe, and welcoming community, recognized for its world-class colleges and historic riverfront downtown, and is dedicated to sustainably enhancing and preserving its vibrant culture, celebrated arts, strong economy, and an excellent quality of life where all can thrive.
The City of Northfield works for the common good of our residents and businesses and the improvement of our community by providing excellent, innovative municipal services that carry out the City's vision for a high quality of life for all.
Excellence & Innovation
The City of Northfield’s strategic plan set Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as one of our six priorities.
A community that welcomes everyone:
In July 2020, we adopted a Racial Equity Action Plan. We developed this plan because:
Human Rights Commission
The City of Northfield has a Human Rights Commission whose purpose is to secure for all citizens equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services and education and full participation in the affairs of this community by assisting the state department of human rights in implementing the state human rights act and by advising the city council on long range programs to improve community relations in the city.