City Council


Northfield is a home rule charter city with a "Mayor-Council" form of government. The City Council is comprised of seven elected officials, including the mayor, who legislate policy and govern the issues related to the City of Northfield.

Of the six council positions, four are ward representatives and two are at-large positions. All terms are four years, with staggered election years.

Mayor’s role

The Mayor is:

  • The presiding officer of the council
  • The chief spokesperson for the council
  • Recognized as the official head of the city for all ceremonial functions
  • Recognized as the official head of the city for purposes related to emergencies
  • Responsible for some specific executive functions such as studying city operations

Mayor and Council roles

The Mayor and Council are responsible for the legislative duties of the city government through policies and ordinances.

City Administrator’s role

The Council-appointed City Administrator carries out the policies and ordinances set by the Council. The City Administrator supervises the administration of all departments and offices of the City.

View City Administrator


First and third Tuesday of each month
6 p.m.

Work Sessions held the second Tuesday of each month
6 p.m.

City Hall
Council Chambers
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

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    The City meeting archives contain agenda packets, minutes, resolutions, handouts and additional information.
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    The City meeting portal allows you to view live streamed meetings and agendas with clickable links.


Name Title Term expiration Phone number
Mayor December 31, 2020 507-663-1932
Clarice Grenier Grabau Council Member At Large December 31, 2022 612-281-2449
David Delong Council Member Second Ward December 31, 2020 507-645-7797
Susie Nakasian Council Member First Ward December 31, 2022 507-301-6756
Brad Ness Council Member At Large December 31, 2020 612-232-1190
Jessica Peterson White Council Member Fourth Ward December 31, 2022 612-366-8311
Erica Zweifel Council Member Third Ward December 31, 2020 507-663-7131

City Staff

Name Title Phone number Email
Ben Martig City Administrator 507-645-3009 Email Ben
Deb Little City Clerk 507-645-3001 Email Deb
Sara Kettering Administrative Associate/Deputy City Clerk  507-645-3060 Email Sara


If you have an administrative question or concern please submit those online or contact the City at 507-645-8833.

Submit a question or report a concern

Commenting on agenda items with eComment

The City of Northfield has an electronic comment (eComment) feature for City Council meetings. eComment provides an easy way for residents to add their voices to the process and makes participation in public meetings convenient when it may be difficult to the attend the meeting in person.

Once the agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda item details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the City Council meetings page: City of Northfield - City Council.

Comments may be submitted until noon on the day of the meeting. Residents may also use the Register to Speak option to sign up in advance to speak at the meeting. Please see attached directions for additional information on using eComment and Register to Speak.

Contact Deb Little, City Clerk at 507-645-3001 or via e-mail at for more information.

Ward / precinct map

To find what ward you live in:

Ward / precinct map.

or enter your address:

Secretary of State Poll Place Finder.

City Charter / City Code

City Charter / City Code.