Nashville mayor expected to announce resignation weeks after admitting affair
UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will reportedly pay $11,000 back to the city while pleading guilty to one count of theft over $10,000.
Barry will be resigning from office and will be sentenced to three years probation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation, several weeks after admitting to an affair with the former head of her security.
Our sister station FOX 17 News has spoken to several council members who say they are getting ready for the announcement to be made at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Nashville mayor's office is saying "no comment."
Nashville's Vice Mayor is David Briley, who is expected to be sworn in at 3 p.m.
FOX 17 News will carry the news conference online. Click here to watch.
Barry announced the relationship with former Metro Police Sgt. Rob Forrest on Jan. 31.
The announcement of her resignation follows discoveries of nude photos and 260 deleted messages by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, court documents said.
Forrest said the affair cost him his marriage and his wife has filed for divorce.
Both Barry and Forrest surrendered their phones to TBI as its investigation into possible laws that may have been broken amid the affair is ongoing.
The TBI investigation is one of three surrounding the affair. A Special Committee with the Metro Council is looking into overtime, travel and other expenses related to investigate whether taxpayer money was misused. The group “Community Oversight Now” filed an ethics complaint against the mayor, claiming her affair impacted Barry’s actions with the Metro Nashville Police Department. However, a law firm has since recommended that Metro’s Ethical Board dismiss most of the complaints against Barry on grounds of lack of jurisdiction.
As this unfolds, Nashvillians are about to vote on the largest project in the city’s history. Barry’s $8.9 billion transit plan will be on the May 1 ballot for Davidson County voters.
Key components of the plan include the city's first light rail system, rapid bus transit and increasing the frequency of the existing MTA bus network.