City Clerk Testifies in Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial

City Clerk Testifies in Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial

In the civil trial of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, now the judge has jumped in with is own questions. He asked the city clerk Wednesday about why Davis never turned in receipts.
JACKSON, MS (abc24.com) - In the civil trial of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, now the judge has jumped in with is own questions. He asked the city clerk Wednesday about why Davis never turned in receipts.

The state auditor has ordered Davis to repay $170,000 he claims Davis spent on himself, but the mayor is fighting that order.

Attorneys with the state auditor argue receipts may not have been required by state law, but they were required by Southaven city law. They say that's something the mayor violated by not keeping records or filling out travel vouchers.

For the first time this week, Judge Dewayne Thomas spoke up. He questioned the Southaven's city clerk, Sheila Heath, once lawyers were done cross examining her.

It was clear from the exchange the judge does not understand why Davis was never asked to turn in receipts or travel vouchers.

Judge: You mentioned yesterday that the city council, as well as the mayor, when they filled out their request for travel and expenses, they didn't have to back it up with receipts, is that right?

Heath: Yes sir. It was the understanding that we did not have to have receipts for the credit card; the statements were fine. Now, if it was per diem…

Judge: You didn't answer my question.

Heath: Why didn't we ask for receipts? It was just policy they didn't.

Judge: What did you do for your other employees?

Heath: Pretty much, most everybody will turn their receipts in. I mean, it's just that they do.

Judge: But council members?

Heath: No sir.

Judge: How did y'all decide that?

Heath: That was back… done way before I was city clerk. I just kind of followed suit with it.

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