Nashville Mayor resigns after admitting to affair with head of security
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 8, 2018 Updated: 4:37 AM PT
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has stepped down from her duties after she and retired police Sgt. Robert Forrest carried on an illicit affair that cost the city thousands of dollars.
On March 6, 2018 Mayor Barry stood before the court and pled guilty to felony theft. The head of her security detail Sgt. Forrest pled guilty to the same.
As part of a plea bargain with prosecutors, she agreed to resign her position as mayor of Nashville, in exchange for 3 years probation, no jail time, and restitution of $11,000 to the city. While her paramour, Sgt. Robert Forrest was given the same plea bargain, and must repay $45,000 to the city after being paid for work he did not do.
"While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end,” said the 54-year-old Barry who became the first female elected as Mayor of Nashville, in 2015.
Forrest was with the Metro Nashville Police Department more than 31 years and was head of the mayor's security detail. He retired from the force, and moment after leaving the courthouse Mayor Megan Barry resigned. There was no further investigation and the matter was closed.