Southaven board tightens spending rules

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - The Southaven Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a series of new spending controls Tuesday following a state auditor's report detailing inappropriate use of city money by Mayor Greg Davis.

Alderman voted on the new controls during their regular meeting Tuesday.

"You're saying department heads have control over in-state traveling, department heads and the city administrator have control over any out of state traveling - within the budget - and that any elected official will have to get prior board approval before that occurs," Davis said.

The new rules are the result of recommendations by Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, who recently demanded Davis pay back to the city some $170,000 in questionable expenses.

Requirements for better record-keeping were approved by the board last April, and many see enhanced travel controls as another safeguard.

"The practice that's been in place has always been followed - was there room for improvement? Sure," Alderman Ronnie Hale said."Detailed expenses from this day forward - that's what the auditor asked us to do and that's what we put in place," Alderman Ricky Jobes added.

Davis said he helped draft the new rules, and still has about two weeks to provide detailed receipts to the state auditor to try and decrease the reimbursement amount he was ordered to pay.

"Well, I've have better days, but we'll continue to do what we need to do," he said.

To read a previous story detailing how Davis spent thousands of dollars of city money, click here.

Also Tuesday, Pickering said a contribution by the mayor to a political action committee for Mississippi State University is now under review.

Davis said he has yet to be informed of that.

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