Maren Morris 'Sad' Over Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Resigning

Glen Norman
March 7, 2018

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced her resignation at a news conference Tuesday morning after she admitted to felony theft.

In January, Barry admitting to having an affair with Forrest in 2016 and apologized.

Barry has been under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Metro Council.

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.

Barry has remained adamant that she will not resign from her position as mayor. Instead of jail, Barry will serve three years of probation and agreed to repay the city $11,000 in reimbursement fees, although it was reported she spent almost $33,000 of the government's money.

Barry, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of felony theft over $10,000.

But Ms. Barry's words in late January, when she admitted to the affair, eventually proved prophetic. The Bureau found nude photos of a woman on Forrest's phone, though they did not say whether the woman in question was Barry.

Democratic Vice Mayor David Briley will become acting mayor if Barry resigns, as expected.

The revelation of the affair derailed the first term of a mayor who was seen a rising star among Democrats. "As the mayor of Music City, she always came to shows". Two of his emails each contained one photo that showed a partially nude or fully naked woman, court documents say.

Forrest was the only security guard traveling with Barry on at least 10 trips she took funded by taxpayer money, according to The Tennessean.

Barry also has been hit with an ethics complaint from social activists who have alleged that, because of her affair with Forrest, the mayor was conflicted when she made decisions related to police. Forrest, who had spent more than 31 years with Metro Nashville Police and supervised the mayor's security detail over three administrations, has retired.

A special election will be held in August to select a new mayor.

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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