In the forthcoming Nov. issue of Minnesota State Bar Association’s Bench & Bar magazine, their annual ‘Friend of the Bar’ issue, the City of Northfield was awarded first place in the municipal category.
“On a per capita basis, the City of Northfield has directly or indirectly been the source of more billable hours than any city in the state for 2007” said MSBA president Stuart Pendous. “While we certainly feel the citizens’ pain, we’re pleased that a great number of our members have been able to provide the necessary legal expertise for its staff and elected officials. Our current projections indicate that City will be a strong contender for the 2008 award as well.”
In related news, the Northfield City Council last month approved the hiring of Maria Teresa Spermatozoa as its new legal affairs communications manager. She was to begin her duties this week. However, the budget for her department was reduced by 20% in the 2008 budget and she’s filed a lawsuit against the City for failure to comply with her employment contract. It’s not yet clear who she’s retained as her counsel and whether or not the Council will pay those fees.