Council Chair to Take on Dispute Between Mayor, Judges

City Council Chair Pam Ladd said she is willing to step in and referee the latest dispute between Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and City Judges Sherry Paty and Russell Bean, the Chattanoogan reports. Mayor Littlefield and the judges have clashed over a number of issues since Paty accused Littlefield of trying to interfere in her handling of a case. The most recent dispute stems from an email Paty sent to the council members saying the administration was moving ahead with a plan to convert the city court clerk’s office to a paperless system, despite the judges’ request that the process not start until a new mayor can appoint a new city court clerk.