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Mayor wants amount state says he must repay reduced

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses.

The Commercial Appeal reports Davis is scheduled to be in chancery court in Jackson tomorrow.

Davis argues his reimbursements followed state law. He says contends that he had the authority to approve his city travel. He says according city policy and state regulations he was not required to turn in any receipts to be reimbursed for his business-related expenses.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering is attempting to recover more than $70,000, including penalties and interest. Pickering says Davis should not have been reimbursed for some trips, shopping and marriage counseling that he charged to the city.

Davis’ attorneys say that according to state law, Davis did not have to provide receipts when he was reimbursed by the city for travel, training and tourism expenses.

Records show Davis used his personal credit card to pay for the expenses and then was reimbursed by the city. He submitted invoices to the city for repayment instead of the credit card statements.

The auditor’s investigation states that Davis received a total of $37,315 in illegal reimbursement for personal mileage from the city.

Davis is scheduled for trial before Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas on May 13. Thomas has urged both sides to settle the matter before May.

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