Aldermen to ask for Southaven mayor's resignation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Aldermen to ask for Southaven mayor's resignation

(WMC-TV) – The Southaven Board of Aldermen will ask the city's embattled mayor to leave office during a special meeting Friday.

The Board of Alderman will meet at noon Friday to request Mayor Greg Davis' immediate resignation.

"It's a difficult situation for the City of Southaven and we've had to be careful not to make an emotional decision," said Alderman George Payne. "The bottom line is - we have to do what's best for the City of Southaven."

Southaven Alderman and Mayor Pro Tem Greg Guy has known Davis for many years.

"We actually went to junior high school together," said Guy.

Guy said his faith in his longtime friend as an effective leader has faded.

"It's one of the hardest things I've had to do is to step out and say this is something we need to do," said Guy.

Guy believes there are enough votes on the Board of Aldermen to formally request Davis' immediate resignation.  The agenda for Friday's meeting was posted on their meeting room door late Thursday.  The resignation resolution is item number one.

"I don't look for him to resign tomorrow, I just feel like the board will make a statement that's the direction they want to see this go," said Guy.

The announcement comes just a day after city officials told Action News 5 that Davis had taken a vacation. Southaven officials said they didn't know where Davis was or when he planned to return.

"I don't know where he is," said Guy. Guy said he last saw Davis on December 20 when the board met.

"He said before our last meeting we had before Christmas he was going to take some time off," said Guy.

Davis took left work on December 27. Action News 5 has learned the mayor notified human resources at Southaven City Hall that he was taking a leave.

The Mississippi State Auditor is investigating Davis for $170,000 worth of purchases made with taxpayer money. Auditors say he spent the money on fancy dinners, alcohol and a $67 purchase at a gay sex shop in Canada. Davis has paid back almost $100,000, but still owes more.

The investigation has further eroded Davis' image among many voters.

"I'm not going to say if he should resign or not, but if everything is true, then possibly he should consider it," said voter Harvell Roby.

"For him and Southaven, it's probably best he step down," said voter Virginia Brown.  "I hate that because he really has done some great things for Southaven."

Guy is acting mayor while Davis is out of pocket. He said the city is operating smoothly with department heads running their departments.

City Administrator Chris Wilson is also helping to run the city.

The Mississippi State Auditor's Office confiscated Davis' computer and his assistant's computer as part of the investigation, which could result in criminal charges.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is not releasing any money to Southaven while the investigation is going on.

A special election to fill Davis' unexpired term would take place in 45 days if Davis resigns.

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