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.
Pickering said Davis’s $3,700 bi-weekly pay check will be garnisheed to help recover the remaining funds that Pickering’s office ordered Davis to repay the city late last year. Pickering also said he has filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Court against the mayor and the mayor’s bonding company.
“If there had been a good-faith effort, we would not have had to take the action we have taken,” Pickering said. “If the city does issue him a paycheck, whoever authorizes that paycheck and cuts it will be liable to the taxpayers of Southaven and the state of Mississippi.”