Two local mediators filed suit against the City of Northfield in Rice County late Wed. afternoon, claiming that they’ve been unfairly bypassed from consideration as potential mediators for the Northfield City Council.
Consultant Charles U. Farley and attorney Juan Morefore DeRhode contend that by placing them on a citizens panel to select a mediator from the Twin Cities, they’ve been eliminated from contention, thereby hurting their professional reputations and denying them an income-earning opportunity.
“It’s a lose-lose proposition for us,” said Farley. “We have to volunteer our time as citizens and can’t make a buck. For them to put us on this selection committee was a manipulative, deceitful tactic. What a bunch of losers. No wonder they need mediators.”
DeRhode cited the economic impact. “Once again, the city is ignoring the ‘buy local’ mantra of the Chamber and is purchasing the services of consultants from outside the area even though local expertise is available. I’ve repeatedly asked city councilors to pull strings with city staff so that I land a consulting contract occasionally but I’ve gotten nowhere with that approach. What’s it going to take, election year campaign donations?”
Farley and DeRhode were seen unfurling a protest banner on Bridge Square at about 3 pm. (Submitted photo. Click to enlarge.)
They have hired noted Twin Cities lawyer Pilar Knickersoff to represent them. No court date has been set.