"I have no intention of resigning."
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis says he now plans to work with the same board who recently asked him to step down.
"We asked him to resign because we honestly feel it would be in the best interest of the city," said Alderman Ronnie Hale.
The Board made the move after a growing scandal with Davis. The State Auditor says the Mayor used city funds totaling $170,000 on dinners, trips and other personal items. He's paid some off, but still owes a more than $62,000.
"I hope that together with the new policies adopted by the Board, we can continue to work together to move Southaven forward," said Davis in a brief press conference.
Davis didn't talk about his hefty tab, but did point out his concerns over accusations that he lied to the Board regarding his sexual orientation. Davis recently announced he's gay.
"It deeply hurts that some have taken that personal struggle and manipulated it, twisted it maliciously into something never intended," claimed Davis.
Hale responded, "I would think he thinks there are some of us that have taken it out of context, but I don't believe that's the case."
As for the next board meeting, Hale says he doesn't know whether to expect the Mayor. He says Davis hasn't spoken to the Board since they asked him to resign.
"As we move forward, I feel certain questions will be answered with factual data and it will be up to each citizen at that point to determine their own reaction," said Davis.
While the press conference was brief, it definitely got the citizens of Southaven talking.
"There's not going to be any other way to regain the confidence of the people unless the Mayor and Board of Alderman resign," said Southaven resident Don Daniels.
But Mose Laulkner doesn't agree, "I believe he got mixed up with the wrong people because this is not the Greg Davis I know, in time, he will do the right thing."
Before today's announcement, Davis was at a medical facility for unknown reasons.
Davis did not take any questions during the press conference and left quickly after it concluded.
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