When Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering came calling yesterday to demand that the Southaven Board of Aldermen turn over Mayor Greg Davis’s check, it was yet another bump in a very bumpy year for the former state rep.
Davis, who was the Republican nominee for the U.S. House in 2008, has watched his life unravel in the past year and the media has been there every step of the way. He even found himself the butt of a few jokes on late night TV.
Here’s a look at a timeline of stories that began when Davis billing practice to Southaven taxpayers was called into question by the state auditor.
- December 16, 2011–Southaven Mayor Greg Davis expense receipts prompt frank revelation. Receipts from embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis reveal that he had the city pay for wide-ranging expenses including thousands of dollars worth of liquor, expensive dinners at a local restaurant and a visit to an adult store catering to gay men while on a recruitment trip to Canada.
- February 23, 2012–Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Speaks for the first time. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis sat down with Action News 5’s Janice Broach in his first on-camera interview since scandal erupted over charges he made with the city’s credit card and no question was off limits. He’s already paid back a big chunk of those expenses, but he still owes a lot more and now people are calling for his resignation.
- March 27, 2012–Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Turns Self In After Arrest Warrants Issued. News Channel 3′s Dennis Turner has learned a school bus driver reported that Davis illegally passed a school bus Thursday March 22? Attorney Steve Farese says Davis was acting in his official capacity and pursuing another driver who passed the bus first and police documentation will back that up.
- May 22, 2012–Embattled mayor takes trip to Vegas. Mayor Davis is in “Sin City” with two aldermen at a conference trying to bring business to Southaven at the International Council of shopping center. “I got permission from the board to come out here and work with some developers for a retail project we’ve got going on,” said DaviS. This all comes after a state audit last year showed Davis used city funds to pay for personal expenses. After that the board of aldermen tightened their control over expenses requiring better record keeping. Davis and Hale will pay their expenses and get reimbursed. What is different is they will have to show receipts and reasons for the expenses. “We know we’ve got some issues that we’re dealing with as a city and the city still has to prosper,” said Hale.
- June 13, 2012–Southaven mayor reveals receipts from trip to Las Vegas. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis spent more than $2000 in Vegas and taxpayers picked up the bill. The trip to Sin City was his first out-of-town trip since an investigation was launched into his misuse of public funds. The mayor stands behind the $2,000 tab for which he was reimbursed. He attended the International Council of Shoppers Conference. He says he has no say where conferences are held and the return Southaven will get for the investment is priceless. Southaven taxpayers are keeping a keen eye on Mayor Greg Davis’ every move. This week, he released the receipts for the trip. It cost Davis and the two aldermen, who went with him, $6,000. “That’s airfare, that’s hotel, that’s taxi, that’s everything related to the conference,” said Alderman Ronnie Hale, who kept detailed receipts of the trip. While the price tag raised some citizens’ eyebrows, Davis says retail is vital to Southaven.
- July 31, 2012–Hearing Delayed on charge against Southaven mayor.
- August 8, 2012–Auditor Stacey Pickering shows Up at Southaven board meeting to seize Mayor Greg Davis’ Paycheck. Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering paid a surprise visit to Southaven Mayor Greg Davis and aldermen Tuesday evening, returning $96,000 in disputed funds repaid by Davis but announcing plans to take the mayor’s paycheck to recover another $70,000.