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Interim Southaven mayor resigns from office

Southaven Mayor Pro Tem Greg Guy has resigned at the same time Mayor Greg Davis remains out of the office for medical leave. Southaven Mayor Pro Tem Greg Guy has resigned at the same time Mayor Greg Davis remains out of the office for medical leave.

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Pro Tem Greg Guy has resigned at the same time Mayor Greg Davis remains out of the office for medical leave. Which leaves one question – who is running the city?

Southaven is in the middle of a leadership crisis from the mayor to the aldermen and during Tuesday night's board meeting the situation became even worse.

Residents attending the meeting got a front row seat for a case of musical chairs.

Mayor Greg Davis is only communicating through his attorney while he's seeking medical treatment and no one seems to know where he is.

The board of aldermen has since asked him to resign and now Greg Guy, the man, who as mayor pro tem fills in for the mayor, has announced he's stepping down.

"I don't mind beginning the next meeting and then let the board decide who they will have as mayor pro tem going forward," said Guy Tuesday.

Guy said running the city was making his day job as a banker too difficult, but he will remain an alderman at large.

"(I'm) certainly not trying to shrug any responsibility on this board or my love for this city whatsoever and I would hope everybody would understand I have a mortgage to pay," he said.

But there's no doubt that his timing is tough for a city in the middle of a financial scandal with new twists and turns that seem to come each day.

During the meeting, Guy and the rest of the aldermen took heated criticism from citizens in the audience.

"We are in crisis now as far as I'm concerned," said Southaven resident Linda Temple.

Though Guy said he just can't wait for it to clear or for Davis to return.

The mayor's attorney said he could be absent 60 to 90 days and Temple said Guy's timing couldn't be worse.

"This is the last thing that we need," she said. "It's another straw. I wake up every morn and what's next."

Meanwhile, some other residents questioned Guy's reasons.

"I imagine he will run for mayor," said Don Daniels.

However, Guy said there's no chance that's going to happen.

The board also took action on the city's latest financial scandal. The aldermen voted to take out bids to buy the Firestation 2 building that the city is currently renting for $30,000 a month.

It's a lease/purchase deal Davis worked out with two of his biggest campaign contributors.

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