Will Megan Barry's departure impact Nashville sports?

Posted March 08, 2018

In January, Barry admitted to almost a two-year-long affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, a former member of the mayor's security detail. 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!

Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 charges. At issue were questions about overtime fees incurred by FORREST during his time with BARRY.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations also found a nude photo and a partially nude photo of a woman that appeared to be taken on Forrest's phone.

Megan Barry resigned as Nashville's Mayor today, weeks after admitting an affair with the police officer who ran her security detail.

In court, Barry didn't say how she stole money from the city, but investigators have said they believe she engaged in the affair while she was on city-paid trips and Forrest was on the clock.

On February 23, Penny Genelle Nelson Forrest, 53, of Hermitage, Tennesse, filed for divorce in the Fourth Circuit Court, Davidson County at Nashville, from her husband, the now former Metro Nashville Police Department sergeant after learning of the admitted near two-year affair between her husband and the Mayor of Nashville.

The resignation means that Vice Mayor David Briley will become acting mayor.

The felony charge is related to the sex scandal, as the affair brought attention to travel and other expenses made while she and her bodyguard spent time together, according to the Tennessean.

According to The Tennessean, the two were often partaking in domestic and global 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. Forrest, who is also married, retired January 17 after reports of the relationship emerged.

The affair began in 2016, several months after Barry was elected.

Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor and columnist for the Nashville Scene.

Although Barry had sky-high approval ratings in office, her policy agenda hit road blocks recently with the collapse of the Cloud Hill project to redevelop Greer Stadium and the mayor's unexpected proposal to end inpatient services at Nashville General Hospital. Her 22-year-old son died last summer of an apparent drug overdose.

According to the news outlet, the mayor's legal team was reportedly involved in negotiations with the local district attorney.