Who Is Megan Barry? Nashville Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft, Resigns

Tricia Pearson
March 8, 2018

Megan Barry announced her resignation Tuesday on Twitter, following several weeks of controversy after she admitted to having an affair with her old head of security. Instead of jail, Barry will serve three years of probation and agreed to repay the city $11,000 in reimbursement fees, although it was reported she spent almost $33,000 of the government's money.

Barry pleaded guilty earlier Tuesday morning to felony theft of property over $10,000, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

In court, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said that had the case gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that between March 2016 and February 2018 Megan Barry caused over $10,000 and no less than $60,000 of Metro Nashville city funds to be expended unlawfully. That year, Forrest expensed $33,000 for the trips and more than $50,000 overtime.

It gets juicier! The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reportedly found naked pictures of a woman on Forrest's phone and are believed to be of the now former mayor. Barry has said if the photos were of her, they were taken without her knowledge.

Before her sudden fall, former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was a progressive, pro-business rising star among Tennessee's struggling Democrats a firmly red state.

Barry, who took office in 2015, was a liberal darling, with a Vanderbilt University poll showing her approval rating at 61 percent even after admitting to the affair.

She started abruptly taking Barry with her as security detail on every official trip, a luxury she had declined before the affair started.

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Forrest also pleaded guilty to same felony theft charge and agreed to reimburse the city $45,000 shortly after Barry resigned. A lot of questions were raised among them being whether Sgt. Forrest's six-figure overtime pay over the three years was justified.

One condition of Barry's plea agreement was to resign from the office of mayor.

A special election to choose a new mayor will be held August 2.

The affair began sometime in spring 2016, Barry said.

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

Barry's reputation as a local progressive stems in part from the company she keeps. Barry also said she hopes her recent actions will not discredit the work she has done for the county. She denied breaking the law, rebuffed calls for her resignation, and said her husband remained committed to their marriage.

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