In 2009, Southaven Mayor Charles G. "Greg" Davis was elected to his fourth term. During his time as Mayor, Southaven, MS, has experienced unprecedented growth in population, revenue, industrial and commercial development, and many other areas that now make Southaven a premier place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.
Greg Davis, a product of the DeSoto County School system, graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Greg began a successful career in engineering and consulting. However, when Southaven's Representative to the Mississippi Legislature, John Grisham retired to devote himself full-time to writing, Greg Davis ran and won the seat vacated by John Grisham. From 1991-1997, Greg Davis served as a State Representative and served on various committees including Public Health and the prestigious Appropriations Committee.
Forgoing a successful future as a State Representative, Greg Davis saw the need to serve closer to home and returned to Southaven and was elected mayor in 1997. As Mayor, Greg Davis has led Southaven into a new era of growth and prosperity. Since his election in 1997, more than 12,000 new jobs have been created and Southaven has quickly become a leader in economic and community development. Under Mayor Davis' leadership, Southaven has been awarded more than $25 million in grant funds, developed the premier parks and recreation facilities in America, and cut its property tax rate in 2009. Also, in keeping with his conservative values and excellent fiscal stewardship, Mayor Davis was successful in bringing the first ever tax rebate to the citizens of Southaven. His tax rebate program was the first municipal tax rebate of any kind in the history of the State of Mississippi and promises to serve as a model of true fiscal responsibility.
Greg Davis was selected to serve as one of six national delegates for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Through this selection, Mayor Davis traveled to Tanzania on a good will tour to help promote democracy and free enterprise. Mayor Davis also serves on the Economic and Development Policy Committee of the National League of Cities, University of Mississippi Business Advisory Board and Mississippi Municipal League Board of Directors. He has been named DeSoto County’s Best Mayor seven years in a row and was honored by being named a member of Mississippi’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Davis was also selected to serve the U.S. Department of Defense by being selected as one of the 40 members to JCOC.