Southaven mayor under fire for spending gets new city-issued car

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is driving a new car. This comes after he was ticketed for using blue lights on his old vehicle.

Getting the mayor a new vehicle was an important decision for the board of alderman. The car is fully equipped with everything, except flashing blue lights.

On May 1, the Board of Alderman approved the new $35,000, city-issued vehicle for Davis. It is a 2011 Chrysler 300 C.

"We'll just put him in a car that belongs to the city now, so we won't have to worry about the mileage problem any longer," said Southaven Alderman Ronnie Hale.

For months, Mayor Davis and his spending have been under the microscope. A portion of that related to mileage reimbursement.

Mayor Davis had to be reimbursed any time he used his own vehicle. Members of the board felt it would be cheaper to get the mayor a vehicle to use for city business.

"Back in the day, it was probably cheaper for us to actually pay mileage," Hale explained. "Now we've put some numbers together and feel it's more of a benefit to the city to go ahead and supply him a vehicle because we've been averaging around $1,300 a month for mileage."

The mayor recently pleaded not guilty to passing a school bus and for using flashing blue lights in a private vehicle. The SUV used to be his official car, but the mayor bought it for private use several years ago.

Action News 5 did try to reach Mayor Davis for comment, but those calls were not returned.

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