Nashville Mayor Expected to Resign Amid Multiple Investigations Into Affair With Bodyguard

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Barry announced her resignation at a news conference, shortly after she pleaded guilty to a theft charge related to the affair, the Tennessean reported. Yes, both of the paramours were married to other people at the time (Forrest's wife has now filed for divorce), but Barry clearly thought she could ride out the scandal as a personal matter.

District Attorney Glenn Funk argued that she had improperly used between $10,000 (£7,000) and $60,000 (£43,000) in city funds while carrying out an affair with the head of her security detail.

On trips to San Francisco, Kansas City and Athens, Greece, Barry admitted to staying extra days, accompanied by Forrest, beyond the time she needed to attend conferences, tours or other official reasons for the travel. That year, Forrest expensed $33,000 for the trips and more than $50,000 overtime.

Her resignation means Vice Mayor David Briley will take over as mayor. A state law enforcement investigation found that Forrest took two photos of a nude woman believed to be Barry on his city-issued phone, an affidavit released February 22.

On Tuesday, she would be the first Nashville mayor to leave office before the expiration of their term in almost a century.

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".

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Today everyone was talking about former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's resignation and guilty plea to felony theft charges from state and local leaders to country music stars and private citizens and on the streets of downtown. Barry, a Democrat, was sentenced to three years of probation. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged. Furthermore, Barry will receive three years unsupervised probation.

Barry is scheduled to issue a statement to the media at 10 a.m. CT at the Metro courthouse on Public Square.

For Barry personally, this calamity comes at the end of a bad stretch for her and her family.

Barry made headlines last year after she revealed that her 22-year-old son had died from an opioid drug overdose in July 2017. Even after admitting affair, a new Vanderbilt University poll found her with job approval from 61 percent of Nashvillains, although that poll concluded prior to the explosive revelations detailed in the TBI affidavit.

The Tennessee Titans did not comment on the mayor's departure, but they did have a positive working relationship with the city and her office during that period.

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