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Alderman questions Greg Davis' land deal

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said he won't resign his position during a news conference Monday, even as new information comes to light about a questionable land deal the embattled politician was involved with.

Southaven aldermen are putting the clamps down on future city land purchases because a man who co-owns a beach side Florida condo with Davis seems to have come up on land deals with the city.

During a Monday news conference, a defiant Southaven Davis would not answer questions about new troubles.

But Alderman Ronnie Hale did voice concern about a land deal between the City of Southaven and a man with whom the mayor owns property Destin, FL.

Hale said Davis' deal put all city land purchases on hold.

"Everything's kind of on hold until we see appraisals, until we know for sure that it's a good value and a good purchase for the city," he said.

According to Florida records, Davis owns a Destin Surfside condo with real estate developer Chuck Roberts.

DeSoto County records show Roberts, who's best known as the public address announcer for University of Memphis Tigers games, made a $45,000 profit in March 2010 on a property he bought and sold to the City of Southaven.

The documents show the city was interested in the 20-acre parcel of land on Swinnea before Roberts bought the land for $325,000.

Roberts then sold the parcel to the city for $370,000.

Davis made broad statements Monday amid this new revaluation, and old questions over $170,000 in taxpayer money auditors say he spent on vacations, liquor and a gay sex shop in Canada.

"As we move forward, I feel certain questions will be answered with factual data and it will be up to each citizen at that point to determine their own reactions," Davis said Monday.

As more questionable transactions surface, Hale said aldermen are narrowing their fine-tooth comb.

"Contract issues, things like that are not going to be a sole person anymore," he said. "We are going to now involve the city attorney, the board. Everything is going to be spelled out completely if decisions are going to be made."

Davis said Monday he wants to keep the focus on the city's business.

"I hope that together with the new policies adopted by the board we can continue to work together to move Southaven forward," he said.

"If we could work together with the mayor and the board - and it would be good for the city - then that's what we will do," Hale said.

Hale said his focus is to move Southaven forward with total transparency.

Roberts did not return Action News 5's calls Monday.

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