What’s next for Mayor Hardie Davis and his office?



AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW / WAGT) – New questions about the future of Mayor Hardie Davis and his office after we found out he spent $ 70,000 in the past 18 months on the taxpayer’s credit card .

In an exclusive interview with the mayor last week, the I-Team told you that many of those credit card charges are missing receipts. Others break city and state law. Tonight, Liz Owens asks who else could look at her expenses under a microscope.

When Liz Owens of our I-Team confronted Mayor Davis about breaking Georgian law for the past five years, he claimed ignorance. But is it enough to avoid a criminal investigation? This is a question many of you are asking and trying to answer.

From a taxpayer’s perspective, every use has been legal and authorized and we will stand by it firmly. But Mayor Hardie Davis ‘charges against taxpayers’ credit cards could catch the attention of top investigators in the state.

We have contacted the GBI to see if they will investigate what we have reported. They pointed us to this specific section of their website which reads: “Officers may exercise the power to arrest any person or persons for violating any law” but would need “A request for assistance” from district attorneys, sheriffs, superior court judges. , law enforcement officers or the governor.

We emailed Jared Williams, the new Augusta Richmond County District Attorney, regarding the use of the Mayor’s credit card.

He answered in part, “For reasons of security and integrity, I do not discuss the operations of my office with non-law enforcement officials. As such, questions like these will never elicit a comment from my office. Have a good weekend and happy June! ”

We also contacted the attorney general’s office. They have confirmed that they have watched our story – and are currently reviewing it before responding to any action their office may take. For his part, Mayor Davis maintains the integrity of his office with every purchase.

“What we will never do is misuse taxpayer resources. I think we have a history of it, ”Davis said.

Some of his charges include on the taxpayer’s credit card $ 75.91 for an overstock for a wardrobe valet, $ 114 for a magazine rack, and $ 302.00 for not one but two plates for Davis when he was named “100 Most Influential Georgians”. And $ 500 to update his CV. We asked him about it.

“I sit on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, a member of the executive committee of the United States Conference of Mayors, and it is not uncommon to update your bio to support that I am the ambassador. chief of the city of Augusta in Georgia, ”he said. mentionned.

Other questionable expenses that could be investigated were revealed in our exclusive I-Team interview last week, from credit card fees to nonprofits to violation of policy. the city with the contracts.

As for launching an investigation into the GBI, you may recall that the Augusta Commission voted in 2019 to ask the GBI to come and investigate Commissioner Sammie Sias for possible abuse of taxpayer money and funds. SPLOST related to the Jamestown Community Center. The GBI tells us that the investigation is still ongoing and active.

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