Southaven city officials in Sin City on business

(WMC-TV) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and two other Alderman are expected to be back Wednesday from a conference in Las Vegas.

They are attending in hopes of bringing more retail business to their city.

Action News 5's Andrew Douglas questioned the money spent on their business trip to Sin City on the taxpayer's dime.

"I'm fully aware of the scrutiny we're going to be under," said Alderman Ronnie Hale, who is on the trip.

Hale is with fellow Alderman William Brooks and Mayor Greg Davis. They are looking for businesses to fill up some 12,000 square feet of retail space at Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven.

"Looking to hopefully break ground if we can get everything working the way I understand it sometime in the spring of next year," said Hale on the phone.

This is the first trip of the year for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis as state and federal investigators continue to look into his use of taxpayer money. He has paid back tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for personal expenses.

"I got permission from the board to come out here and work with some developers for a retail project we've got going on," Mayor Davis told Janice Broach on the phone Monday.

On this trip Alderman Hale says they are keeping close tabs on all receipts and expenses.

"That's one reason why me and William Brooks Alderman Brooks are here, to make sure things kind of stay in line," said Hale.

The group is expected back in the Mid-South Wednesday evening.

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