Southaven mayor Greg Davis submits $53K in receipts

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has turned over receipts for $53,000 to state auditors. In an interview Tuesday, Davis said he hopes to put a dent in the $170,000 he has been told to pay by Friday.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said earlier this month the demand includes $153,589 for expenses, $16,822 for interest and $13,571 for investigative costs.

"We're waiting for the state auditor to see if they satisfy what he was looking for," Davis said.

The audit revealed several of Davis' receipts were jotted down on notebook paper, including restaurant tabs, trips out of town, family counseling and payments to retailers like Sports Authority and CVS Pharmacy.

"I don't think there was anything ever done wrong," Davis said. "We've just got to try to come up with the paperwork to prove that."

On November 2nd, Davis announced he had $47,000 in receipts. Since then, he has located an additional $6,000.

"All of these receipts are from local restaurants - locally owned," he said. "We found out that chain restaurants only keep receipts for about six months, so getting receipts out of state is going to be next to impossible."

According to Davis, over $117,000 is still out outstanding.

"I think we can (satisfy that amount)," Davis said. "There has been local support from longtime friends, local residents making donations to help pay it back and I think we'll reach the goal of whatever it is to pay it back."

But as Davis continues efforts to locate receipts, the clock is ticking.

"There was an indication that they will take time to review these, and possibly give us more time," Davis said.

The amount due would be a lot less, if not for penalties and interest, said Davis, who plans to run for re-election when his current term ends in a year and a half.

"We've got to keep moving the City of Southaven forward," he said. "We've gone from the tenth largest city to the third largest city.  Our retail has grown.  All of the investments we've made are coming through and we've got some other big projects.  While this is distracting at times, we've got to get back to the purpose of running the city and making sure we continue to grow."

The auditor's office confirmed Monday that investigators have received the receipts, which Davis mailed before Thanksgiving.

Lisa Shoemaker, a spokeswoman for the auditor's office, told the Commercial Appeal that Pickering will issue a statement Friday about the repayment demand against Davis. The demand was issued Nov. 2.

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