Nashville mayor to resign after pleading guilty to theft charge
Nashville mayor to resign after pleading guilty to theft charge
Nashville's progressive mayor resigns after pleading guilty to felony connected to an affair
07 March, 2018, 00:14
Nashville Mayor Megan Barr has resigned after she pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000 on Tuesday.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has begun calling close advisers to inform them of her decision, the Tennesseanreported, citing multiple sources.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation did not identify the woman in the photos and Barry has said that if the photos are of her, they were taken without her knowledge or permission.
Forrest earned $173,843.13 in overtime from July 2015 through January 15 of this year, according to city data, more than the amount earned by the four other police officers in Barry's detail combined. Both BARRY's and FORREST's pleas and sentences were the result of negotiated agreements with the DA's office.
She said the affair itself was discovered through conversations between their two spouses and personal conversations. But in the affidavit, an agent says he believes a black purse in one nude photo is the same purse found in a different photo of Barry found on Forrest's phone.
He was also given three years probation and as a term of that probation, he is required to reimburse Nashville $45,000 paid to him as a salary.
The Democratic mayor, who is married, apologized for having the affair with Forrest and using thousands of dollars on their travel expenses over the last 10 months. Barry is expected to resign and Vice Mayor David Briley (D.) will be sworn in later in the afternoon.
But the TBI affidavit filed with a search warrant on February 22, listed two possible criminal violations.
In 2017, Barry and Forrest took nine trips alone together outside of Tennessee, all funded by the city's taxpayers, to Athens, Greece, San Francisco, California, and Washington, DC, among other places. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged.
Barry has not said when the affair ended, only that it's over.
Forrest resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department after Barry's admission.
According to the news outlet, the mayor's legal team was reportedly involved in negotiations with the local district attorney.
A favorite of Nashville progressives, Barry overcame a sizable fundraising advantage against six opponents to make the mayoral runoff in September 2015, where she defeated Fox.
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