Embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was court yet again ion Monday, the first day of his civil court trail in Jackson, filed by Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
Auditor Pickering is trying to recover $70,000 he says Mayor Davis has yet to pay, of the $170,000 the mayor allegedly mis-spent.
Mayor Davis says he has done nothing wrong and has accused the State Auditor of political grandstanding from the start.
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There seems to be an extreme amount of interest in marriage and sexual addiction counseling the mayor underwent in Arizona and the bill from that was talked about quite a bit.
Several members of Southaven City Hall, including a few alderman, have been called to testify.
The topic of the first day of Mayor Davis' civil trial were trips, and whether the trips were legitimate business, or family trips, or for pure pleasure. There was talk of a trip to Los Angeles, to Disneyland, and go-cart rides and Beverly Hills.
There was a trip to New Orleans that was brought up, as was a trip to Key West that included shopping, and dining out, and a visit to a drag queen show.
While on the stand Suzann Davis, the mayor's ex-wife, testified she and her husband met two General Motors representatives while they were in Key West.
Suzann Davis also testified there was a lot of time spent on a trip to Arizona, a trip that Southaven Alderman Greg Guy said the mayor told him was for stress management. The Arizona trip was actually for marital counseling.
Suzann testified she didn't know her former husband had billed the Arizona trip to the city as stress management until she heard it from the media.
"We were having problems," he said. "The night before, we had an argument because he refused to stop communicating with Jansen Fair, Jansen Fair. I asked him if he would consider going to counseling with me, and he said if I find a place, but not around DeSoto County."
Alderman Guy also took the stand, saying that he had questioned the Arizona trip for counseling because of the way it was billed, and that is what set it off for him. The alderman testified that until that point the city did not have a policy in place for pre-approving trips or checking all receipts on the docket.
"I believe we should," Alderman Guy testified. "I can't say we have. I mean, prior to all this coming to light, I never requested receipts. I am sure had I requested receipts I would have been able to get them. I never asked for receipts because I trusted the mayor. I didn't think I had a reason to suspect anything. Hindsight is 20-20."
Mayor Davis' civil trial in Jackson will continue Tuesday.
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