Nashville's Democratic mayor resigns after affair with her former bodyguard

Sources: Nashville mayor expected to resign

Years ago, she and Sgt. Forrest helped me by taking care of a really terrifying stalker issue I had. She will pay $11,000 in restitution and serve three years' probation. As part of her plea agreement, Barry was forced to resign from the office of mayor and pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 charges.

The Nashville district attorney said in court on Tuesday morning that evidence would show Barry's affair cost the city between $10,000 and $60,000 in unlawful spending.

A special committee of Nashville city council members is also probing Barry and Forrest's travel and overtime expenses.

Her resignation means Vice Mayor David Briley will take over as mayor.

The Democrat mayor is the first from Nashville to leave office before the end of their term in almost a century, per The Tennessean.

Barry, born September 22, 1963, is an American businesswoman and politician who served as the 7th mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

Barry had been facing several investigations since the affair came to light.

But Barry's quick political ascent came crashing down Tuesday after a wild, five-week freefall, as she pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars to carry on an affair with her former bodyguard and resigned.

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. Briley is a Democrat like Barry. The affair reportedly began in the spring or summer of 2016.

Forrest's overtime pay more than doubled from 2014-15 to the 2016-17 budget year, according to Metro Nashville Police records.

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.

She also tweeted out a similar sentiment, which links to another statement, also echoing the same feelings. 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. She denied breaking the law, rebuffed calls for her resignation, and said her husband remained committed to their marriage.

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