Citizen plans petition to oust Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - With no law on the books in Southaven to oust the mayor, some citizens are taking matters into their own hands.

"He has made the wrong woman mad," said Southaven resident Oriana Hill.  "I'm a stay-at-home mom and I have plenty of time on my hands."

Hill is turning to the Mississippi code to launch a plea to the governor to kick Southaven Mayor Greg Davis out of office.

"When I heard the announcement he is not going to resign, I felt a fire rise up in me I have never felt before," said Hill.

Hill said she has never been politically active, but after the state auditor uncovered $170,000 in questionable purchases on Davis' city credit card, she said the mayor's resolve to stay in office made citizens feel helpless.

"We may have made a mistake putting him in there," said Hill.  "This is our way of saying, no more."

Hill must get 51 percent of the voting population to sign the ouster petition.  Right now, Southaven has 26,221 active voters.

Hill said 150 citizens are gearing up to make the petition happen.

"We're a force to be reckoned with," said Hill.  "We will be able to get this accomplished."

After the signature campaign, Hill said citizens are organizing a trip to Jackson, Mississippi to present the petition to the governor.

"We are definitely going to have a force going down there to present it to the governor," said Hill.

Hill said attorneys are helping the group make sure they follow the law.

"The government should be fore the people, and I think that has failed in this situation," she said.

Davis still owes the City of Southaven $62,000.  No charges have been filed against him.

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