2012 Full of Legal Woes for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

2012 Full of Legal Woes for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis

It's been a year filled with legal troubles, unanswered questions and plenty of ups and downs for Southaven, Mississippi and its mayor, Greg Davis.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - It's been a year filled with legal troubles, unanswered questions and plenty of ups and downs for Southaven, Mississippi and its mayor, Greg Davis. One thing is clear: the mayor's money mess continues into 2013. The investigation into Davis' spending is almost two years old and far from over.

2012 started with an absent Greg Davis and a vote for his resignation.

"The way he spent the money was not way it was designed to be spent," said Alderman Greg Guy in January. "He's no longer effective as mayor," added Alderman Ronnie Hale.

That consensus from Southaven's Board of Alderman was merely symbolic, holding no legal weight.

Davis wasn't seen in the Mayor's office until the end of January, when he announced: "I have no intentions of resigning."

A few weeks later in March, the mayor found himself behind bars. Davis was arrested, charged with two misdemeanors for passing a stopped school bus and using flashing blue lights in a private vehicle.

"He looked like a detective, so I thought I got pulled over by a big guy, but it was a big guy, Greg Davis, wow!" said Nick McCune.

A judge declared Davis guilty in the fall, fining him almost a thousand dollars.

"He was stopped and trying to help the public," said Davis' lawyer, Steve Farese. "Common sense doesn't go very far in this county as far as it's concerned with Greg Davis."

August brought more news from the state auditor's office. Tired of waiting for a check from the mayor, the auditor sued Davis over the remaining $70,000 the auditor says Davis still owes from the original $170,000 demand. The state didn't stop there, also ordering Southaven to garnish Davis' salary to pay his debt.

"This is between me and the state auditor," the mayor told abc24.com.

It's a battle Davis won when a judge ruled he could keep his paycheck.

"We feel we have done nothing wrong. We've said that from the beginning," Davis said in August.

His victory was short lived. In November Davis was again sued, this time by his ex-wife over child support. The lawsuit alleges the mayor had a city employee alter his pay records to hide how much he was making.

"Unfortunately there's a gag order which prevents me from talking about things dealing with the divorce," Davis said in November.

That lawsuit is pending. So are the three felony criminal charges Davis was indicted for in December.

The mayor was arrested right before Christmas, accused of illegally buying a city car, stealing city gas and writing city checks for personal use.

"He's shocked. He's dismayed. But he feels confident we can mount a good defense to these claims," Farese said.

The New Year begins with several looming court dates, and a sense that 2013 promises to be just as full as 2012.
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