SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Greg Davis announced he will not seek re-election for a fifth term as the mayor of Southaven.
In a January 17 press release Davis stated, "After careful consideration and prayer, along with discussions with my partner and family, I feel the time has come for me not to seek re-election and allow the voters to choose who will lead them over the next four years."
Davis continued, "Thank you to the citizens of Southaven for allowing me the opportunity to serve you over the past 16 years as your mayor and 7 years as your State Representative."
The embattled Mayor Davis was indicted last month on embezzlement charges related to a car purchase, city gas and a check from a city account. Federal, state and local agencies are still investigating him. State Auditor Stacey Pickering has ordered Davis to repay more than $170,000 including penalties and interest that Pickering said was misspent from city funds.
The 46-year-old Davis, who admitted he was gay more than a year ago, cited a long list of accomplishments during his tenure in the release. He did not mention his legal problems as a factor.
Several candidates have filed to run for the mayoral seat; the filing deadline is March 8.