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A look back at Mayor Littlefield's time in office

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB)  --  In 2005, Mayor Ron Littlefield took office after a runoff election against Ann Coulter. Chattanooga was growing fast.

"We challenged the census numbers and they say you are right, you are actually growing," Littlefield says.

He says one of his career highlights was helping to bring hundreds of jobs to the scenic city.

"Alstom, Amazon, Gestamp, Volkswagen, it's not an exaggeration to say that this administration these eight years, during this time we've installed a new manufacturing heart in this old industrial city," says Littlefield.  

However, for every highlight Littlefield also received criticism, especially after he downsized police cars and forced officers to park their take home vehicles in an effort to save the city money.

"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," Littlefield says.

In 2010 citizens tried to oust the Mayor after he urged the city council to raise taxes and fees during an economic downturn. A superior court struck down the effort.

Still, Littlefield says he has no regrets over the past eight years citing the Gang Task Force and a program called Stop the Madness as a few of his proudest achievements. Mayor-Elect Andy Berke recently announced his plans to get rid of the Gang Task Force.  

In his last State of the City address Littlefield had this to say to the new administration, "I cannot overstate the responsibility that you are assuming as we place this city that we love, this most transformed city in America into your hands."

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