CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- With just a few weeks left on the job, Ron Littlefield reflects on eight years as mayor.
It took a run-off election over Ann Coulter in 2005 to get the job after Bob Corker left office.
He wanted the world to know Chattanooga was larger than advertised.
"We challenged the census numbers and they say you are right. You are actually growing."
Volkswagen also happened on his watch. So he cites that as a career highlight, but for every highlight, he was a magnet for criticism.
To save money, the mayor made police officers park their take-home cars. Then, the city downsized the cars they drive.
Officers turned in Crown Victoria's for the Ford Focus.
Littlefield says he caught heat for an issue that has plagued the city for decades.
"Back in the 80's, we tried to weigh in on take home cars. It is a slippery slope. You can get out of control with it."
In 2010, citizens tried to oust the mayor after he urged the city council to raise taxes and fees.
This came during an economic downturn when people were already earning and spending less.
"You have to pay for these things from somewhere. It was a convenient thing for the Tea Party to latch on to."
Overall, Littlefield says he has no regrets.
"I'm sure if I think about it there are some things I could have handled better. I can drive people around and say that has gotten better during this administration I can't take full credit because we are a team."
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:40:13 GMT
In November 1978, the world watched in horror members of a cult called "The People's Temple", committed mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana. A woman who escaped death, only because she was away from Jonestown on that fateful day, spoke at UTC and the Chattanooga Public Library, Wednesday night.More
In November 1978, the world watched in horror members of a cult called "The People's Temple", committed mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana. A woman who escaped death, only because she was away from Jonestown on that fateful day, spoke at UTC and the Chattanooga Public Library, Wednesday night. More