Jim Davis unanimously approved to finish High Point mayoral term

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The city has a new mayor, at least for the next three months.

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Davis was unanimously approved by the city council Monday night to finish Bernita Sims term.

Sims resigned last week before she pled guilty to a felony of writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement. She was sentenced to a four to 14 month suspended sentence, five years of probation and must spend the first six months of her sentence under house arrest. She also was fined $500.

"I believe everyone should be brought into the loop and no one should be left out," said Davis on how he plans to serve the people and the city council over the next few months. "I'll work very hard so there is no surprise for any city council members."

Voters will choose a new mayor during the Nov. 4th General Election. Davis is not running for mayor, only re-election of his council seat. Guilford County Commissioner Bill Bencini, resident Jimmy Scott and NC State Rep. Marcus Brandon are all running for mayor in November.​