"People shouldn't expect this (level of criminal charges against employees) to continue," Mr. Littlefield said.
The indictments have been concentrated in the city's Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Neighborhood Services. In both city offices, supervisors, employees and outside contractors are accused of illegally taking money or supplies from the city. Most of those charged are awaiting trial, according to Hamilton County Criminal Court records.
The problems first were uncovered by the city's internal auditors, who turned their findings over to the fraud division of the Chattanooga Police Department and the Hamilton County District Attorney's office for investigation and prosecution.