Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Felony, not affair, prompts Nashville mayor's resignation

Felony, not affair, prompts Nashville mayor's resignation

Both BARRY's and FORREST's pleas and sentences were the result of negotiated agreements with the DA's office. According to multiple sources, she has begun calling close advisers earlier on Tuesday morning to inform them of her decision. He has agreed to serve three years supervised probation and to repay the city of Nashville $45,000, court documents obtained by CNN show.

"In our 20 years in Nashville, the Predators have enjoyed great relationships with Mayors Phil Bredesen, Bill Purcell, Karl Dean and Megan Barry, highlighted most recently by our collaboration with city leadership at the 2016 All-Star Game and during our magical run during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs". Nine of the trips were only attended by Barry and Forrest. Forrest and Barry went on 10 city-funded trips with no other staff from the mayor's office present, according to The Tennessean. Barry has repeatedly denied that their affair took place on the taxpayers' dime. She was sworn into office on September 25, 2015, and resigned March 6, 2018.

"While my time as your mayor concludes today, my unwavering love and honest affection for this wonderful city and its great people shall never come to an end", an emotional Barry said as she resigned. The affair prompted investigations into whether public funds were used as part of the relationship. When Barry traveled to San Francisco, Kansas City and Athens, Greece, she was accompanied by Forrest and admitted to staying beyond the time needed to attend to official events.

Under the Metro Charter, the election to replace Barry will take place during the August 2 general election.

Barry's resignation would have triggered a stand-alone special election if the next city general election was more than one year away.

Vice Mayor David Briley will serve as unofficial mayor and receive the $180,000 salary of the position.

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Barry and her husband, Vanderbilt professor Bruce Barry, lost their only child, Max, 22, to a drug overdose in July.

Before becoming mayor, Barry earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and was an ethics and compliance officer in the telecommunications and health care industries.

When Barry admitted to the affair in January, she stated, "I know that God will forgive me but Nashville doesn't have to".

A contentious US$5.4 billion mass-transit project she has backed is up for voter approval in May.

What should happen with that going forward has Nashville residents split. In 2015, Barry officiated over the first same-sex marriage in Nashville history.

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