Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigns as part of criminal plea

Tennessee

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will resign as part of a plea deal for the charge of felony theft that includes three years of probation and reimbursing the city.

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

She is pleading guilty to felony theft of over $10,000. She will face three years of probation and must reimburse the city $11,000. She is eligible to have the charge dismissed and expunged from her record if she meets the terms of her probation.

The investigation began after Barry admitted to the public on Jan. 31 that she had an extramarital affair with her former head of security, Sgt. Robert Forrest. The relationship, she said was consensual, and began shortly after she took office in 2015.

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest’s overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, an affidavit said.

Forrest has since pled guilty to similar charges. He will face three years of probation and is ordered to pay back $45,000 in restitution to the city.

Vice Mayor David Briley will be sworn into office in later Tuesday. He will be the eighth mayor of Nashville.

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