Nashville, Tenn. Mayor Megan Barry resigns as part of plea agreement

Sources: Nashville mayor expected to resign

Sources: Nashville mayor expected to resign

A political expert in Memphis said it's possible that Barry used her resignation as a bargaining chip with the District Attorney's Office.

The expected resignation comes after the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 in relation to her admitted affair with her former police bodyguard.

On Jan. 31, she admitted a almost two-year extramarital affair with police Sgt. Rob Forrest, who is now retired, in the wake of multiple investigations. After 31 years with the police department, 14 of those years as supervisor of mayoral security, Forrest resigned that same day.

On trips to San Francisco, Kansas City and Athens, Greece, Barry admitted to staying extra days, accompanied by Forrest, beyond the time she needed to attend conferences, tours or other official reasons for the travel. Barry didn't say how she stole money from the city during her court appearance Tuesday, but an investigation found that she was engaged in her relationship with her bodyguard while on city-paid trips.

FacebookForrest and wife Penny in Facebook photo.

When the story of Barry's two-year affair with Sergeant Robert Forrest Jr., first broke, she admitted it pretty quickly. Forrest's supervisors trusted him.

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Barry, 54, admitted to the affair January 31. But she stepped down March 6 and pleaded guilty to a theft charge, according to an Associated Press report. If he completes that probation, which is part of a diversionary program, he can apply to have the conviction wiped from his record.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation closed its separate investigation into the matter after the plea deal was reached, according to an agency spokeswoman. She admitted to stealing thousands of dollars while carrying on her affair with Forrest, though the details of how she stole the money is now unknown.

The controversy arose when it became public Forrest had earned more than $170,000 in overtime pay since Barry first took office in September of 2015. "I think it's extremely important to get behind David Briley".

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.

Macy Forrest Amos Twitter cover. They claim that her relationship with Forrest compromised her in making decisions related to law enforcement.

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