Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Democratic Nashville Mayor to Resign in Wake of Affair With Bodyguard

Democratic Nashville Mayor to Resign in Wake of Affair With Bodyguard

Nashville Mayor Megan Barr has resigned after she pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000 on Tuesday.

So far, all pending investigations into Mayor Megan Barry's affair remain unchanged by her resignation.

Meanwhile, Barry is the subject of an investigation from a special committee of the Metro Council that is reviewing whether she misused public money during the affair.

According to The Tennessean, the two were often partaking in domestic and worldwide travel for work, which led Forrest to rack up $33,000 in expenses and $50,000 plus in overtime in 2017 on top of his $84,500 salary. He maintained that role from the time Barry entered office in September 2015 until his retirement, which took effect the same day Barry acknowledged the affair.

She agreed to reimburse the city $11,000 in restitution, and serve three years probation.

Barry, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of felony theft over $10,000. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, according to an affidavit.

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In a statement, Barry said while her time as "mayor concludes today", her "unwavering love and honest affection for this wonderful city and its great people shall never come to an end". FORREST, a 31-year department vet, announced his retirement on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31st, the same day BARRY revealed their affair.

The Nashville paper reports that Barry's departure will elevate Vice Mayor David Briley to the job of acting mayor.

The scandal took a more severe turn for the mayor late last month after an affidavit detailed nude photos that TBI investigators said appeared to be Barry taken on the phone of Forrest during city trips.

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But the TBI affidavit filed with a search warrant on February 22, listed two possible criminal violations. She refused to say when it ended, but said when she announced the affair that it was over.

Barry and Forrest attended 10 city-funded trips by themselves without other mayor's office staff present, including to conferences overseas in Paris and Greece and the two to Washington cited in the affidavit. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged.

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