published Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield will fill Paul Page's position


by Cliff Hightower
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    Paul Page, Chattanooga's director of general services

Mayor Ron Littlefield will name a successor to recently retired Director of General Services Paul Page but has no timeline to do so, his spokesman said Monday.

"When the mayor decides to hire, he will fill the position," Richard Beeland said. The position, he said, is "not going anywhere."

Page retired from the position last week amid intense public scrutiny of two sexual harassment claims. Both incidents occurred just months apart in 2008 and involved different women, according to newspaper archives.

He had been disciplined for one incident, and a federal investigation ruled just months ago he was guilty of a second infraction.

The city hired Page in July 2005 as director of asset management. Littlefield served as a reference when Page applied for that job.

Months later, Littlefield created the director-level position and appointed Page to the post.

Danny Thornton, the city's real property manager, is serving as acting director of general services.

The City Council will vote on a resolution next week that will allow Thornton to have the same authority to sign documents that Page had.

As the city's top executive, Littlefield has the ultimate responsibility and power to name a department head and to create or disband city departments.

On Monday, two council members said keeping the position is necessary.

"Someone does need to head up the core services we bid," Council Chairwoman Pam Ladd said.

When the mayor decides to fill the position, there should be a search, either within the city's departments or an outside person, she said.

"I don't favor one over the other," she said.

Councilman Jack Benson said the General Services Department oversees vital services such as purchasing and contracting.

"We've got to keep the office meeting its responsibilities," he said. "All those duties have to be assumed by somebody."

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MasterChefLen said...

The sad saga of Mayor Ron Littlefield's term continues. Who is he going to hire next, a wife beater?

October 11, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.
headcoconut said...

payingattention said... Just how did the former Mayors, Roberts, Kimsey, Corker get by without the new Department created by Littlefield

They likely didn't, pa. The position(s) was just listed under a different heading. In fact, at least one of the three mayors you've named prior to Mayor Littlefield was widely known by the nickname __the crook. {fill in the blank/either of the three will fit, though}. The other two just as crooked as the one of three, and even more so.

Whatever it is you and your gang are attempting to accomplish I sure hope it doesn't backfire. In that any investigation you might gain could open up a look into old files and city operations, huting people you and yours never intended to hurt.

October 11, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
ScoopAway said...

Littlechicagowatch..... do you work? Have a life or what? The small amount of information you have is nothing that can't be found by anyone With to much time on their hands and wanting to degrade people for a quick 5 minutes of fame.... your website has proven absolutely nothing but how much yall need attention. That's almost like taking donations to operate a funny website talking bad about people because you need that extra attention... oops. You do!!

October 11, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
BravesDave said...

$32,000 ugly rhinos, Missy Crutchfield and Ronnie "The Crook" LittleFAILED. Government by the people for the people? Uh, no. I think not. But business as usual for sure.

October 11, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

you know someone could open records the server hits on TFP at this time. That's your right.. but you'll probably be surprised!!

October 11, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
crazyoldelady said...

Citizen's watch groups fill a void sometimes left by the press. As long as they have documentation then what's the problem? Any time one digs for information he/she is likely to uncover uncomfortable truths. The best defense is to operate on the up and up. These groups are common throughout the country. I'm glad people volunteer their time to monitor government.

October 11, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.
fedup350 said...

payingattention you are correct in your posts. headcoconut and ScoopAway are most likely littlefield cronies, maybe page, beeland or crutchfield. I especially think that with ScoopAway veiled threat. In a few more months they will be gone, maybe even indicted. Keep up your watch on them. They are squirming!

October 11, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

@Fedup350.. I especially think that with ScoopAway veiled threat.? Your confused!!

October 11, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

Did I make a threat to your group?

October 11, 2011 at 7:49 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

The Littlefield cronies are quite pathetic, and living in a pipedream.

October 11, 2011 at 10:22 p.m.
Overitall said...

Amazingly enough, it wouldn't surprise me if that was Littlefield himself, really. I was thinking the other day about how he responded so unprofessionally to the recall group by launching personal attacks. They never launched any personal attacks on him except saying that he was lousy at his job, which ...well...truth. It blows me away that he can dismiss the voice of the people so readily when it's against him, but if those votes had been for him, he would have screamed like a toddler to make sure they counted.
I wouldn't worry about him appointing anyone, unless he's got more friends he needs to fund. Although I just had a horrible thought, what if he appoints Walter Williams! Good lord, we'd just have to burn the city down and call it a wash. He could probably appoint Marti Rutherford, too. I'm going to stop before I give him an idea he decides to use, but I'm also going to stop by the store and stock up on poster board and markers in case that happens. Anybody got any good sign ideas?

October 12, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
Overitall said...

After a moment, I've decided that you're "Do you work?" comment is downright offensive, Scoopaway. It didn't really hit me how derogatory you meant that comment to be, but let me tell you, there are a great many intelligent, capable and well-deserving people without jobs in this economy.
Before you start praising Littlefield for the jobs he's brought in, because you're clearly going to do so, let me remind you that the majority of those jobs are warehouse/physical labor jobs. I do not look down on those positions at all, I have friends who have benefited from those jobs. Some of us, however, have great brains and crap bodies that cannot be fixed. Also, many of the Volkswagen positions that are administrative require you to be bi-lingual in German. Not all who wander are lost and not all that are unemployed are losers as you would imply.

October 12, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
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