During the fifth day of the continuation of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' civil trial in the state capital the mayor claimed the State of Mississippi owes him money and not the other way around.
He's off the hook, for now, as his civil trial in Hinds county Chancery Court in Jackson has been continued for a second time after Judge Dewayne Thomas said quote: "my brain is fried. This case is continued."
The case will pick back up Oct. 16-18, though Mayor Davis' attorney Michael Heilman is asking the court for an earlier time.
When asked if the case would hurt the mayor's bid for re-election Heilman said he hopes Southaven residents se what he has done as a whole.
"I hope the people of Southaven are seeing that Mayor Davis has done a good job and is an honest and forthright person and done what he was elected to do," Heilman said Friday afternoon.
Before the case was continued Mayor Davis and his defense team began their counter claim. The mayor is trying to recoup money he reimbursed the state, but which he now says he never should have handed over.
Alderman Dr. Randy Huling testified Friday about the mayor's travel policy.
"As you have served in that capacity is it your understanding that the mayor's office establishes policies for travel, correct? And indeed is it also your understanding that Mayor Davis approved his own travel?"
"Correct," Alderman Huling said.
The alderman also read for the court about a 1999 resolution defining the duties of the mayor.
"Furthermore the mayor shall at all times, when traveling, our city be aware of situations that require the attention of the municipality," Alderman Huling read.
"If the mayor is acting in accordance with the resolution and he is in the city limits of Southaven can he be reimbursed for his travel within the city?," the state questioned.
"I would expect so," Alderman Huling said.
Huling testifying on the stand that the board felt pressured by the State Auditor's Office to review Davis' credit card and decide which expenses were legitimate city business.
'Any purchases that the Board of Alderman can verify for city business will be removed from the total, but please be aware that it is possible the board will be held liable for any personal purchases," Alderman Huling testified.
Judge Thomas also questioned Alderman Huling on why the city cut a check in advance to PCS for counseling for Mayor Davis.
"I want to ask you a question. Does the city have insurance on employees such as the mayor?," Judge Thomas asked.
"Are you talking about health insurance?," Huling said.
"Yes sir. Why wouldn't that pay for the PCS, whatever it is called," the judge said.
"That depends on the health policy on that and components of that, judge, that varies from insurance to insurance," Huling said. "Some cases a lot more than others."
"Who is your insurance coverage with?," Judge Thomas asked.
"You've reached as far as I can go, judge," Alderman Huling said.
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