Monday, 10 December, 2018

Democratic Nashville Mayor to Resign in Wake of Affair With Bodyguard

Nashville mayor who admitted affair with bodyguard expected to resign Nashville's progressive mayor resigns after pleading guilty to felony connected to an affair
Glenn Montgomery | 07 March, 2018, 00:16

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's bodyguard lover, Sgt. Forrest, was paid far more overtime - $173,000 over two and a half years - than any other Metro Nashville Police Department officer on the Mayor's security detail. With her departure, Vice Mayor David Briley will take over as mayor.

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". The photos were allegedly taken when the mayor and Forrest were on a trip together.

Barry and Forrest attended 10 city-funded trips by themselves without other mayor's office staff present, including to conferences overseas in Paris and Greece and the two to Washington cited in the affidavit.

Investigators found nude photos of Barry on Forrest's phone that were taken while he was accompanying the mayor on supposed city business. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged.

The mayor agreed to reimburse the city $11,000. Barry has resigned after admitting she had an extramarital affair with her lead bodyguard and shortly after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge. She acknowledged the affair but denied any wrongdoing and rebuffed calls for her resignation.

"I have lots of work to do in this city and every day I get up and I do it", she said.

Barry was the subject of multiple investigations and the charges mark a stunning turn of events for the mayor, elected in September 2015 and seen as a rising star nationally and at the city-level for Democrats.

The revelation comes just several weeks after Barry confirmed an affair with a now retired body guard named Rob Forrest. She would not say when the affair ended, only saying that it's over. After that change, Anderson - who ultimately was Forrest's supervisor - did not receive automatic notice of any travel requests for Forrest or other members of the mayor's security detail, although his signature was automatically generated by the computer system as approving the travel.

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