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Nashville Mayor Resigns After Affair With Police Officer

Nashville Mayor Resigns After Affair With Police Officer”

The telegenic former chief executive of country music's hometown was booked Tuesday before she pleaded guilty to misappropriating more than $10,000 in city funds to carry on her scandalous affair with Robert Forrest, who supervised the mayor's security detail. 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.

As part of her plea deal, she has agreed to repay the city $11,000 in restitution.

Following the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury case looking into the affair and related financial crimes, Forrest pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal theft of property over $10,000 and was given three years of unsupervised probation. At issue were questions about overtime fees incurred by FORREST during his time with BARRY.

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest's overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015.

Turns out, Barry and Forrest took some, ahem, "business trips" together.

She was also Nashville's first female mayor, but now she's out of office and likely out of politics forever. Vice Mayor David Briley will be sworn in as acting mayor at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Barry denied using taxpayer money to go on trips or pay other expenses to hide her affair.

Barry said the affair began in spring 2016 and refused to say when the affair ended, just that it had.

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Prior to the affair, Barry was considered a rising progressive star in Nashville where she had approval ratings around 70 percent.

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

Barry has promised to repay the city and serve three years' probation.

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.

Before becoming mayor, Barry earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and was an ethics and compliance officer in the telecommunications and health care industries.

Barry's exit comes after she admitted January 31 to a almost two-year affair with Forrest, who retired that same day.

The tweet also included a link to her entire statement regarding her resignation. She said at the time she hoped to become a voice in the national debate over opioid addiction.



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