Charter Commission

Members of the Charter Commission 2021

Meeting day, time and location

Meets the second Thursday of each odd month.
6:00 p.m.

City Hall, Council Chambers
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

11-09-23 Charter Commission Meeting Agenda Packet

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  1. Hearing Assistance Available

    In the Council Chambers, an induction loop system is provided for hearing device users. To use:

    • Someone with no hearing aids will need a loop receiver with an earpiece or headset.
    • Someone with hearing aids and NO T-Coil will need a loop receiver with an earpiece or headset.
    • Someone with hearing aids and have T-Coil in the hearing aid will change the setting of the hearing aid from microphone to T-Coil. They will NOT need a receiver as the T-Coil in their hearing aid is the loop receiver.
    • Not all hearing aids have T-Coils because of the size or money, so they are limited.


NameTitleTerm expiration
Lance HeislerChairDecember 31, 2023
Jack HoschouerSecretaryDecember 31, 2023
Scott JensenMemberDecember 31, 2023
CC LinstrothMemberDecember 31, 2023
Scott OneyMember
December 31, 2025
James PrichardVice ChairDecember 31, 2025
Amy GernonMemberDecember 31, 2025

Contacting the commission

If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.

Email the Charter Commission


For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison.  Also, if you have questions or comments for the commission, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Ben MartigCity Administrator507-645-3060


The Charter Commission is responsible for reviewing and revising the City Charter to ensure that it meets all applicable state and federal laws and meets the needs of the citizens of Northfield. The City Charter is the constitution of Northfield's city government.

The Charter Commission consists of seven voting members. Each member serves a four-year term as designated by state statutes. Members do not receive compensation.

Application and membership requirements

Any registered voter of Northfield may submit an application. A resume of the nominee should be included with the application. No person is disqualified from serving on the Charter Commission by reason of holding any other elective or appointive office other than judicial.

Nominations are received by the Administration Office at City Hall, 801 Washington Street, Northfield, Minnesota.

The chairperson of the Charter Commission will oversee the process for receiving, verifying eligibility and forwarding applications of qualified applicants to the Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District Court who will make the appointment(s). Persons appointed must file an acceptance and oath of office with the Court Administrator within 30 days following issuance of the order appointing, or the person will be deemed to have resigned.

Apply to be on the Charter Commission

Or contact the city clerk at:
City Hall
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

2023 application process

The 2023 board and commission application process will begin in August 2022.

For more information on the Charter Commission appointment process, please refer to the administrative process document.

Administrative Process for Charter Commission Appointment