Hmmm, I suppose that's technically true. So, basically, if Littlefield's attempts at city/county consolidation had been more successful, he would have lost office? That's kind of ironic.
"Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the provisions of this section shall not apply to any county having a metropolitan form of government and a population greater than one hundred thousand (100,000), according to the 2000 federal census or any subsequent federal census." Since Chattanooga metro has a population of over half a million, the state law clearly did not apply. Read the actual law next time before you post something, ok?