US Nashville mayor resigns over theft, extramarital affair

US Nashville mayor resigns over theft, extramarital affair

US Nashville mayor resigns over theft, extramarital affair

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced her resignation at a press conference on Tuesday, the same day she pleaded guilty in court for felony theft of $10,000. Though the affair derailed her first term, her guilty plea has done severe damage to her political career. Now, Barry has to pay the city back $11,000 and serve three years of probation and Forrest has to pay $45,000 for all that extra overtime!

Taking the unusual step of appearing himself in court, instead of assigning a deputy, District Attorney Glenn Funk said that "had this case gone to trial, witnesses are available who would testify that in March 2016 and January 2018 Megan Barry caused over 10K but less than 60K in Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully on Mr. Robert Forrest".

The Nashville Metropolitan Council was investigating whether public money was misused in trips and overtime expenses in relation to the affair.

Authorities found two nude or partially nude photos of a woman that were taken by Forrest's phone while he was on duty.

Summary: The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee resigned on Tuesday due to her misconduct as a result of her affair.

Vice Mayor David Briley, a fellow Democrat, said his auto wouldn't work Tuesday morning, so he made a decision to take the bus.

Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign. Both Barry and Forrest were married at the time.

Megan Barry resigned from the office of mayor of Nashville Tuesday morning per conditions of a plea agreement for felony theft charges.

Reports say Barry and Forrest "went together, without any other city employees, on nine trips around the country and the globe, according to travel, expenditure and scheduling records including trips from Athens, Greece to San Francisco, The Tennessean reported". The affair reportedly began in the spring or summer of 2016. And it's all something of a tragedy for progressive activists in Nashville and in Tennessee, who viewed Barry as having defied the cautious centrist template for Democrats in the state.

There's never a good time for a sex/financial scandal, but it was particularly bad timing for Barry, whose signature public transportation initiative is going before Nashville voters in May.

Barry's reputation as a local progressive stems in part from the company she keeps.

Forrest led the mayoral security detail for 14 years until he retired - the same day she revealed their affair, the paper said.

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