CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield released the following statement regarding Missy Crutchfield's running of an online magazine on city time and resources.

"I was made aware of the matter involving the Department of Education, Arts and Culture Administrator, Missy Crutchfield, on Friday, September 24," said Mayor Littlefield. 

Littlefield added, "I am convinced  that Ms. Crutchfield was only using the BE Communications / BE Magazine, LLC as a marketing outlet for the Department of Education, Arts and Culture.  While it was done without my knowledge and – for that reason – may not have been a wise step to take unilaterally, I do not think it was done with the intent to deceive or garner financial gain.    Ms. Crutchfield is a very creative person who works many extra hours handling public event at city facilities on nights and weekends.  She is an exemplary administrator and does an outstanding job with very limited resources."

Mayor Littlefield said he has instructed Crutchfield to remove any reference to Chattanooga from her site and to refrain from working on it during city hours.

In the future, the mayor wishes to have all private endeavors regarding the Department of Education, Arts and Culture approved through him and the City Attorney.

"I hope this puts to rest any questions about this matter.  I encourage City Council members to address this in committee and look into this issue and ask questions.  It is important that we learn from this incident and move on to the important work of governing the City of Chattanooga," said Mayor Littlefield.