Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning

The mayor of Tennessee's largest city, under fire for admitting to a scandalous two-year affair with her bodyguard, is expected to announce her resignation at a press conference Tuesday, local media reported.

According to today's TENNESSEAN, "The review found, in some instances, there were no events on BARRY's calendar during hours FORREST earned overtime pay".

Her plea deal requires Barry to serve three years of probation and repay the city $11,000. There were also 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs, an affidavit said.

The Democratic mayor, who is married, apologized for having the affair with Forrest and using thousands of dollars on their travel expenses over the last 10 months.

In October 2016, Mayor Barry's Chief Operating Officer, Rich Riebeling, chose to remove authority for approval of Forrest's travel requests with the mayor from Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and gave that approval authority to Mayor Barry's Chief of Staff Debbie Mason without informing Chief Anderson of the decision. However, Barry does not think she improperly misused taxpayer money, NPR reported.

At times during her tenure, she took on nearly celebrity status, rubbing shoulders with the city's musicians and athletes and appearing at concerts and Predators playoff games.

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"I deeply regret that my professional relationship with Mayor Barry turned into a personal one", Forrest said in a statement provided by lawyer David Raybin.

An affidavit filed with the warrant said nude photos taken from the phone of Forrest are evidence Barry engaged in the affair while he was on duty.

In January, Barry said she and Forrest are no longer seeing each other. The 54-year-old oversaw a business-friendly, socially-progressive agenda and was known for her accessibility.

Underscoring the timing of Barry's departure is the looming May 1 referendum on Barry's ambitious and expensive transit plan, by far the biggest political battle of her tenure.

Forrest resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department after Barry's admission.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms their inquiry will continue until District Attorney Funk calls it off.

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