published Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

City judges criticize Littlefield

by Cliff Hightower

City Judges Russell Bean and Sherry Paty criticized Mayor Ron Littlefield today for plans to move the City Court and City Court Clerk’s office from the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Both judges addressed the City Council during a Legal and Legislative Committee meeting about the potential move.

“I hope you will not stand by and let one person singlehandedly destroy something that is working,” Paty told council members.

Littlefield announced about three months ago that he was thinking of moving the Court Clerk’s office from the courthouse. City officials said today the courts could be moved as well.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for the mayor, said talk at this moment is premature. He said the mayor has made no decisions and is in the process of evaluating how much money could be saved by such a move.

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Allison12 said...

Since Judge Paty reported emails from Littlefield trying to control the outcome of the pet store case(they deserved to be busted), Littlefield has been on a revenge mission to get even with her. We elected Judge Paty, and he better get of her CASE.

February 1, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.
prc said...

Too bad the crew didn't get rid of Littlefield when they had the chance. Could have changed it all but it just didn't happen. Who or What Department is he going to attack next and can't face the press by putting the pencil neck to the microphone for him?

February 1, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
midnitewatchman said...

Not to worry Judges, there is free parking at E 11th Street (Farmers Market)with all the Police cars.

February 1, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

Perhaps they ought to look at the security measures at the door and think about cost. It's unlikely that Mayor Littlefield's office is capable of making rational decisions about cost. Look at the fiasco they manufactured by messing up the math on the patrol cars for the Police.

February 1, 2011 at 7:14 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Midnitewatchman, I am thinking the Judges could TN Park, at the William Aubry Thompson lot. After all, this is Little Chicago, we are the hometown of the key players in TN Waltz, TN Par, and the Sheriff ordeal. Our Mayor is right there with um.

February 1, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

I think the Mayor has got Cheney Syndrome: when it's obvious that you can't get re-elected to office, trash the place on your way out. Be sure to choose ways to trash the place that will be expensive or cost increasing to restore basic order. That's what Vice President Cheney encouraged during the last six months of the Bush administration. That's about what we're getting out of Mayor Littlefield now.

He's on a parade of destroying basic services now that the bid to have him removed from office has failed. It's obvious that he's not going to be re-elected; so, perhaps he is trying to do what he can to wreck basic services.

That'd explain their failure to do basic math when it came to carrying out the budget. Cost-wise, Mayor Littlefield is doing what many government workers who are mad sometimes do: take an extremist view of what you were told to do, do only that without common good judgment, and then do that to an extreme. If we don't tell Mayor Littlefield and the like that we do not expect him to avoid making things worse, as he has been doing, then he will continue to singlemindedly pursue this idiotic and harmful, self-serving agenda.

The main impact of Mayor Littlefield's budget nonsense? Helping himself and hurting his political enemies at the expense of the people. We'll have to fix his nonsense when this is over.

Can we not impeach these people or have some recourse like that? What is the procedure for having Mayor Littlefield lawfully removed from office?

February 1, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

Impeach Mayor Littlefield. It's a great way to save money.

February 1, 2011 at 7:45 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Oh now I get it. This Mayor gotta go.

February 1, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.
DonewithChatt said...

Shortly after Ron Littlefield was elected for his first term of office as Mayor of Chattanooga, I attended a luncheon where the guest speaker was an author Mr. Littlefield had met on an out of town trip while representing our city. The author whose name I have since forgotten said the reason he had accepted the invitation to speak was because he kept overhearing Mr. Littlefield speak of his home town in such a loving and endearing way that he just had to come see it for himself.

I have a question for you, Mr. Littlefield. What has happened in your term of office to turn you from a leader filled with pride in his city to one that wishes to oppress and embarrass those who entrusted you with the running of our city? You harass our neighbors with threats of annexation, you degrade our police and fire department until seasoned veterans are making a mass exodus. You try to coerce our Judges into dispensing your own brand of justice and then threaten and degrade them when they take a stand of honor against you. You call our court a “toothless lion” and in doing so you diminish and deflect the very laws that our city is built on, the very laws you swore in your oath of office to uphold and protect. You open your mouth to defend yourself and tell lies that a child could see through. You have lost all respect from the people you serve because you have forgotten your campaign promise to serve and have now decided you are our lord and ruler. You rule our city with the diplomacy of a spoiled, selfish bulling third grader not the dignity and demeanor of someone who has been entrusted with the care of the fourth largest city in Tennessee.

Mr. Littlefield, I know you or someone in your office will read this letter and I defy you to answer it- if not to the citizens then at least to yourself. This is a very sad day for our city.

February 3, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
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