SOUTHAVEN, MS - (WMC-TV) – Since spending allegations were first launched against Mayor Davis, there have been many fiery Southaven Alderman meetings. The tone Tuesday night was decidedly different.
A very quiet, uneventful meeting closed out a day that was anything but for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.
Some people I spoke with at tonight's meeting didn't even know their city's leader had been arrested just hours earlier.
"I don't have the mayor's report with me tonight, I'm sure you will be hearing about it later on," Mayor Pro Tem Lorine Cady said.
Just hours after Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was in jail on three state felony charges, his seat at Tuesday's regularly scheduled Board of Alderman meeting was empty.
It was business as usual.
A few Southaven citizens were there, but Greg Davis' name wasn't even mentioned. Tuesday's arrest wasn't even discussed in the public.
"It's a dark cloud for everybody," resident Willie Douglas said.
Douglas came because he says it's time to show elected officials that neighbors are keeping tabs.
"Let 'em know, hey, we're here with you, we're watching what you're doing, and that way they might consider doing the right thing," he said.
But according to a grand jury indictment, Greg Davis is accused of doing the wrong thing. He faces two counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of a false pretense. Douglas says the people share some blame if the accusations are true.
"How can I sit here and throw a rock at him if I'm not involved. So often we put these elected people in a position of trust and then we leave him there," he said. "We all are responsible because we've made him, it would appear have absolute power."
It's important to note that the Alderman cannot remove Davis as Mayor even with the charges.
But if he is convicted, he would no longer be allowed to hold office.