SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is answering questions about the recent controversy surrounding his dealings with city employees.
Southaven's former human resources director is accused of altering the mayor's paycheck at Davis' order. That same employee is also financially involved with the mayor. Davis says all dealings are on the up and up.
The dealings between the mayor and former HR director Wes Brown surfaced during recent divorce proceedings, which Davis is legally forbidden to talk about. He is telling us about the accusations following the news, ones he calls unfounded.
"Unfortunately in the fray there's been a lot of accusation or innuendos or things made against innocent people who have absolutely nothing to do with what's going on in my personal life," Davis says. He's specifically referring to Brown "who's now our assistant parks director. I'll be happy to talk about that too."
Davis and Brown are financially involved.
"He has a lease/purchase contract to buy the house that me and my family used to live in. It's real simple. This was October of last year, well after the divorce, well after things had settled down. I didn't need a 4,000 square foot house to live in."
The mayor says Brown signed a contract to buy his house for $322,000. He's renting Brown's former home.
"There haven't been any shady deals or anything. I still own my house. He still owns his until he sells his and he has five years to do that."
Davis says he's helped other city employees with real estate deals -- purchasing a home from one, selling to another.
"I try to help out anyone who's trying to improve themselves or their family's quality of living. Accusations are beyond me. I don't understand it at all."
The mayor's deal with Brown has been viewed with suspicion after two aldermen and the police chief filed affidavits this month saying the mayor had Brown alter his paycheck during his divorce.
"If someone will produce me this so called fraudulent document -- remember the old commercial where's the beef, where's the document? -- Let someone produce me this fraudulent document then I'll decide if I can comment."
Again neither the mayor, his ex-wife, nor their lawyers can speak about the divorce proceedings. The case goes to court in March.