Vision, Mission and Values


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.



  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Be open, honest, kind, respectful and accountable
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • Act and communicate in authentic ways


  • Actively participate in cooperative and collaborative approaches
  • Commit to equity and the elimination of all discrimination
  • Build on our shared successes as a means for workplace satisfaction
  • Utilize the experience and expertise within our organization and community

Excellence & Innovation

  • Serve by leading and lead by serving
  • Focus on clearly defined outcomes to achieve best results
  • Commit to continuous improvement building on lessons learned
  • Seek creative solutions for difficult problems


  • Pursue and value diversity and inclusion, and welcome a broad range of perspectives
  • Commemorate our unique and rich cultural sense of place
  • Recognize others and their contributions
  • Celebrate and acknowledge accomplishments


  • Protect our physical environment through ecologically sustainable practices and policies
  • Maintain, improve and develop high quality municipal assets
  • Invest in others through advancement, mentorships and professional development
  • Nurture personal well-being through physical and mental health initiatives