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Southaven residents wonder who is running city

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis remains out of town on medical leave. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis remains out of town on medical leave.

(WMC-TV) - With the mayor pro tem leaving the Southaven Mayor's office, many citizens are asking just who is running the city.

The question comes as new revelations came out Thursday that Mayor Greg Davis was getting a second paycheck from the city.

"The board will elect another mayor pro tem," said Greg Guy.  "That'll happen at the February 7 board meeting.  I'm still mayor pro tem until that happens."

Davis remains out of town on medical leave as the investigation into his spend continues.

An annual base salary of $145,000 already makes Davis one of the highest paid public officials in Mississippi, but the city has also been paying the mayor a $35,000 yearly stipend for supervising water and sewer operations.  That boosted Davis' overall city compensation in 2011 to more than $187,000.

"We got an attorney general's opinion when reviewing his compensation, and we discovered it is not legal for us to pay him for that," said Guy.

Guy said he has since requested the stipend be eliminated.

"Yesterday, I made a call to human resources and asked him to remove that," said Guy.

Guy claimed the city is also looking at possibly lowering the mayor's current salary.

"The salary has to commiserate with the job duties," he said.  "Any changes have to be reasonable, cannot be inequitable in any kind of way."

Guy said despite the recent spending scandal, Southaven leaders still have a very important job to do.

"The city administrator, he'll just do his normal daily functions," said Guy.  "He'll oversee normal day-to-day operations, and whoever the board elects as mayor pro tem would make the decisions the mayor would normally make."

Meanwhile, Linda Temple is creating a new group called Concerned Citizens for Southaven to keep an eye on the town's politicians.

"Our aldermen, they believed Greg Davis, and I think they've learned from this," said Temple.  "You can't trust everybody."

Temple said she hopes her group will make it easier to get answers.

"We have a right to understand how our money is spend, and if it's corrupt, then we know the investigation will bring full light to that," she said.

Temple, who once worked for a federal judge in Washington D.C., said it is time for the citizens to be heard.

"The experience that I had in all the behind the scenes entities in government have helped me to understand that we have a right to voice our opinion or right to organize," said Temple.

Temple said she wants to see the group come together to present their concerns at the twice-monthly board meetings.

"My feeling on this is that we get the consensus of the people, and at that point get a steering committee, we need to get our state politicians," she said.

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