Mayor claims he didn't want a car decal because of threats, but has he been threatened?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – After the Augusta-Richmond County Commission voted 6-4 to remove the decal from Mayor Hardie Davis’ car, that decal appears to have been removed quickly on Wednesday.

So, what prompted the vote and the removal? The mayor’s office says he wanted the decal off for his protection and claims he has been threatened several times.

Davis originally asked to be exempt because of safety concerns.

In a March 19 commission meeting, Davis made reference to several specific threats.

“On more than one occasion -- the Marshal can attest to this -- we've had someone come into this building who has not only threatened my life, but the life of my staff,” Davis said.

We went to the marshal’s office to check and see if there were any specific threats on file since 2014. The marshal came up empty-handed.

The Richmond County Marshal’s Office says they’ve combed through all the incidents to see if they could find any involving city leaders, but there is nothing on record about any threats against the mayor.

That took us to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to double-check. Once again, there was nothing on file.

We asked Davis’ office to give us a few examples of these alleged threats, but his office said he was swamped with meetings all day and he wouldn’t be making any comments on what he said about the threats.

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