Davis to Attend Last Southaven Board Meeting as Mayor

Davis to Attend Last Southaven Board Meeting as Mayor

It's the end on an era in Southaven. Tuesday marks the last board meeting of Mayor Greg Davis and five alderman.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (localmemphis.com) - It's the end of an era in Southaven. Tuesday is the last board meeting for Mayor Greg Davis and five aldermen.

Davis, who has been mayor for 16 years, lost his re-election bid June 4 to Darren Musselwhite. There are some Southaven residents who are sad to see Davis leave, but others say the city is overdue for a change.

Resident Ruth Bennett said, "I think it's time for a change because if we don't, sooner or later you go back to doing the same thing again, so I think it's time to clean house and start all over."

"Everybody deserves a second chance. He tried and that was the best he could do," said resident Simuel Prather.

The troubles that plagued Davis towards the end of his sixteen year term are no secret to the public. Along with a civil and criminal trial, the scandals that came to light in Davis' life have left a bad taste in the mouths of some residents.

Much of his success, like the city's tremendous growth during his tenure, was overshadowed by a state audit that uncovered questionable expenses, including a purchase made at a sex shop using city funds.

Resident Jeron Lloyd said, "I would like to see something new in the community. I feel that taxpayers are being taken advantage of, and as taxpayers we already pay for council's lunches and business trips, so why are we paying for your homosexual parties?"

"I started to see changes in him with the general public that he served so, I understand when we have challenges in our life, but it shouldn't go that far," said resident Cathleen Harris.

Davis isn't the only one to leave office. Four long-time aldermen were unseated in the June election, and At-Large Alderman Greg Guy opted not to seek re-election.

There will be plenty of new faces when the new mayor and five new board members are sworn into office on July 1st.
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