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New Documents in Southaven Mayor's Divorce

New documents in the bitter divorce between Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and his ex-wife may paint a clearer picture of the financial rearranging the Mayor now stands accused of as part of his divorce proceedings.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - New documents in the bitter divorce between Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and his ex-wife may paint a clearer picture of the financial rearranging the Mayor now stands accused of as part of his divorce proceedings.

For the first time, we are hearing from the City of Southaven employee in the center of the controversy.

According to court records signed under oath, former Human Resources Director Wes Brown said Mayor Davis approached him in August 2010.

"He asked that I prepare a copy of his current pay stub reflecting $140,000.00 as income instead of his actual income of $150,000.00," Brown writes in the affidavit.

"He asked that I alter his current pay stub to reduce his amount of salary that it indicated he received by manually reducing or lowering his stated salary, but then at the same time, increasing a 'stipend.'" Brown wrote.

The affidavit goes on to state Brown told the Mayor he couldn't do that.

"I informed Mayor Davis that I could not alter an actual "pay stub" of his, but in "training mode," I could prepare a "hypothetical" payroll screen shot indicating the requested $10,000 deduction," Brown wrote.

According to several aldermen, in September or October 2010, Mayor Davis told them about the exchange with Brown.

"While in executive session, under the auspices of discussing those matters not subject to public disclosure, Mayor Greg Davis stated to all those present that he had recently had Mr. Wes Brown of the City of Southaven alter his payroll information that he had provided his wife, Suzann Davis for consideration in his pending divorce," Alderman George Payne wrote in an affidavit signed last week.

In November, Mayor Davis transferred Brown to the Parks Department. He says the move was completely unrelated.

Davis, for his part, says he can't comment on the court records because of a gag order imposed by the judge overseeing the divorce.

Davis though has insisted he did nothing wrong.


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