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Foster yanks take home car from Goliath Davis

ST. PETERSBURG -- Citing concerns about a budget deficit, Mayor Bill Foster said he has decided to revoke a take home car perk for his senior administrator of community enrichment, Goliath Davis.

Davis, a former St. Petersburg Police Chief, has had a take home car since 1996. When then-Mayor Rick Baker tapped Davis in 2001 as deputy mayor, he continued to take home a car, a perk that was guaranteed in a contract.

His perk came under scrutiny in April after it was learned Davis was pulled over late at night in December for drifting his city-owned Impala over the center line several times. Although a Gulfport police officer determined Davis wasn't impaired and let him go, a video of the stop was leaked to the media months later.

Foster said that "non-incident" didn't factor into his decision.

"The only factor in that decision was the budget," Foster said. "It was an expense that we didn't need to incur."

On Friday, Davis said he didn't object.

"It's nothing I'm going to argue with because he's within his rights to do that," Davis said. "I'm a consummate professional."

-- Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:39pm]


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