Spending scandal puts Southaven city leaders on hot seat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Spending scandal puts Southaven city leaders on hot seat

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) – Some citizens are calling for Southaven city leaders to step down after a meeting tonight which embattled mayor Greg Davis left.

The mayor left the meeting sometime during a lengthy executive session behind closed doors which concerned, among other things, city money he said he spent on lavish meals with the board of aldermen.

Southaven's mayor and board of aldermen went behind closed doors at 6:08 Tuesday night to discuss, among other things, Davis' spending.

They returned two-and-a-half hours later minus the mayor and a lot less talkative.

"Since it is an ongoing investigation," said Alderman Greg Guy. We are not making a public statement tonight"

Board members spent two weeks reviewing receipts worth more than $40,000 related to meals the mayor claimed aldermen also attended. One of those meals was a $1,300 dinner at Mesquite Chophouse, a restaurant where the mayor left extravagant tips on more than one occasion.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's acceptable to them too the things that's been published," said Southaven resident Kim Moore.

Moore was one of several citizens unable to address the board because they were not on the agenda.

Receipts reviewed by aldermen were just a fraction of those demanded by the Mississippi State Auditor who ordered Davis to reimburse the city $170,000. That total included $67 in city money spent at a gay sex shop in Toronto, Canada.

"I think they should resign or be fired," Moore said of the city's aldermen.

The mayor said Monday that he would no longer comment on this investigation and that he has plans to go on vacation next week as civil and criminal investigations continue.

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