Nashville Mayor Resigns After Affair With Police Officer

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One month ago, Nashville mayor Megan Barry admitted to having an extramarital affair with a former bodyguard; and on Tuesday, she resigned from office after admitting she had stolen taxpayer money in order to hide their relationship.

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.

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. Forrest also must reimburse the city for $45,000 in pay he received for times he wasn't performing his duties as part of Barry's security detail.

Forrest racked up around US$33,000 in expenses for the trips and more than US$50,000 in overtime in 2017 on top of an US$84,500 salary, the Tennessean reported.

"The allegations of photos taken of myself are very troubling and infuriating if true", Barry said in a statement after the documents were released.

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

The revelation of Barry's affair derailed the first term of a mayor who was seen a rising star among Democrats.

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The Nashville paper reports that Barry's departure will elevate Vice Mayor David Briley to the job of acting mayor.

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

Elected in September 2015, Barry was praised by liberals and has been popular with Nashville residents.

"We had an affair, and it was wrong, and we shouldn't have done it", Barry said. The review found, in some instances, there were no events on Barry's calendar during hours Forrest earned overtime pay.

She pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony theft charge, The Associated Press reports. Forrest, who had spent more than 31 years with Metro Nashville Police and supervised the mayor's security detail over three administrations, has retired.

She is married to Bruce Barry, a Vanderbilt University professor. Later that morning at Nashville's city hall, Barry announced her resignation. Experienced Democratic party operative Sean Braisted serves as her campaign spokesman, and Claudia Huskey, also a veteran operative and former senior aide to Vice President Al Gore, is managing the effort.