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Southaven mayor won't resign from office

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - Embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis used his first public appearance since he went on medical leave to announce he will not resign from office.

The announcement came amidst a Mississippi State Auditor's Office probe accusing the mayor of using $170,000 in taxpayer money on vacations, liquor, high-priced dinners and at a gay sex shop is Canada.

Monday, Davis said his sexual orientation is being used against him.

"I have no intentions of resigning," he said during the brief news conference.

Davis' announcement came after Alderman Ronnie Hale called for his resignation earlier this month.

Davis also rebuffed rumblings that he knowingly deceived the board of alderman about a series of questionable expenses and donations on taxpayers' dime.

"I recall using the words ‘deceiving,'" said Davis.

However, Davis said when he used the word in a December 20,, meeting with department heads and at an executive session, he was referring to coming out as a homosexual, not the city's business.

"It deeply hurts that some have taken that personal struggle and manipulated it and twisted it maliciously into something that was never intended," he said.

Meanwhile, Hale said Monday's news conference took him off guard.

"His personal life is exactly that to me," he said. "It's personal life. That has nothing to do with me or my decisions."

Davis left the podium after a two-minute statement and didn't take questions.

However, Hale said that reporters aren't the only ones who are left wanting answers from Davis.

"He is not talking to us as well," Hale said. "We kind of expected that."

After the press conference, the Mississippi Tea Party's founder announced his group wants to recall all Southaven officials.

"And that means start over with a new mayor, start over with new aldermen," said Don Daniels, Tea Party of Mississippi founder.

He also said the aldermen had to know what was going on.

"I find it totally impossible for the mayor to be able to conduct all of these things on his own without other people knowing," he said.

But Hale said Davis is returning to a new city hall. He said Davis will have to follow new travel and spending rules.

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