Democratic Nashville Mayor to Resign in Wake of Affair With Bodyguard

Nashville mayor to resign after pleading guilty to theft charge

He has agreed to serve three years supervised probation and to repay the city of Nashville $45,000, court documents obtained by CNN show.

She will hand over the reins to Vice Mayor David Briley, a liberal Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2007.

Tennessee state Senator Ken Yager (R- Kingston) was the first lawmaker to acknowledge the announcement on Twitter.

The charge reportedly stems from the affair taking place during trips paid for by the city. But in the affidavit, an agent says he believes a black purse in one nude photo is the same purse found in a different photo of Barry found on Forrest's phone. There were 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs, the affidavit states.

Last week, a Nashville judge issued a search warrant seeking possession of the mayor's cellphone.

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Barry pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft of more than $10,000.

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest's overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015.

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But Ms. Barry's words in late January, when she admitted to the affair, eventually proved prophetic.

Barry, 54, oversaw a business-friendly, socially-progressive agenda and was known for her accessibility - an exceedingly social mayor who was regularly seen at sporting events, ribbon-cuttings, parties and other events.

The mayor agreed to reimburse the city $11,000.

The council no longer has that power, but multiple council members had been looking at a non-binding resolution that would have called for Barry's resignation.

Sgt. Forrest's daughter, a recent graduate of Belmont Law School, was hired in Metro Nashville's Legal Department after a strong recommendation from Mayor Barry for a job that was created specifically for her and for which no other candidates were interviewed. Forrest's wife has since filed for divorce. "I know that God will forgive me", she said then, "but that Nashville doesn't have to". She apologized for her personal failings. The TBI said it has probable cause to seek the evidence. The two photos were taken a day apart, the affidavit states. Investigators said evidence pointed to the possibility that crimes - official misconduct and theft of property - occurred.

Barry also has been hit with an ethics complaint from social activists who have alleged that, because of her affair with Forrest, the mayor was conflicted when she made decisions related to police. Her office gave various and at times conflicting answers to explain why she didn't need security on earlier trips but did on others.

Forrest had worked as security detail for Nashville mayors as far back as 1999.

The mayor's chief of staff was designated as Forrest's supervisor in the city's computerized travel request system.

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