Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resignation: What happens next
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has stepped down from her position amid an investigation by the TBI, a guilty plea and an admitted affair with her former head of security.
In court on Tuesday, Mayor Barry plead guilty to theft over $10,000. She was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation as part of the plea deal and will have to pay back the money.
Vice Mayor David Briley will now be sworn in as Mayor with Councilwoman Sheri Weiner stepping in as Vice Mayor.
However, according to the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, these appointments would only be temporary.
The charter states in the event the office of mayor becomes vacant, the vice mayor takes the role until the vacancy is filled at a special election or general election.
Section 15.03 of the charter explains special elections, stating if the mayor steps down during an unexpired term, a special election must be held if the vice mayor would hold the position for more than 12 months prior to the next general election date.
Mayor Barry was elected on September 10, 2015 and her term is not expected to end until August 2019.
However, the next general election date in Davidson County will be this August, opening the possibility for a special election in five months. That decision will ultimately be made by the Metro Election Commission which will refer to state and city laws to set the date for the election.
The charter states: "There shall be held a special metropolitan election to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term in the office of mayor and in the office of district council member whenever such vacancy shall exist more than twelve (12) months prior to the date of the next general metropolitan election. The special election shall be ordered by the county commissioners of elections and they shall give notice thereof as provided by Tennessee Code Annotated section 2-14-105."
Briley is a Nashville native who served on the Metro Nashville Council from 1999-2007 before working as a civil attorney. He returned to politics in 2015 when he was elected Vice Mayor.
Vice Mayor David Briley will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CST. In a statement release, Briley says he will begin work immediately with a focus on being transparent.
“This is a hard day for Nashville. Mayor Barry’s resignation will enable us to regain focus on the important work of our city.
“My pledge is simple: As mayor, I will begin work immediately with a sole focus on managing the city and making progress on community priorities. That work will be transparent and be conducted with every effort to restore public trust, and move our great city forward.” -Vice Mayor Briley
Briley will be sworn in at the David Scobey Council Chamber at the Metro Courthouse.