Paper: Southaven Mayor asked city, chamber to pay same bills

By The Associated Press

SOUTHAVEN — The Commercial Appeal reports that a $700 restaurant tab was among 26 entertainment and travel bills that Southaven Mayor Greg Davis asked both the city and the local Chamber of Commerce to pay during three months in 2010.

Davis tells the newspaper there was never any intentional double billing.

The Memphis newspaper says the charges it found totaled more than $5,100. It says internal controls and record keeping were so poor that any double charges beyond those initial 26 are difficult to confirm.

The chamber paid Davis $207,000 for entertainment and travel since 2004. The city paid $153,588 since 2009. Neither required the mayor to routinely submit receipts or other documentation for his spending.

Davis said Friday that the wide-open system may have triggered mistakes, but not any wrongdoing.