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Metro Council to form special committee to investigate Mayor Barry's affair

(Fox 17 News)

The Metro Nashville Council voted on Tuesday night to form a special committee to investigate if Nashville Mayor Megan Barry misused taxpayer funds during her affair.

Last week, Barry admitted to an extramarital affair with her former head of security detail Sgt. Rob Forrest. She said the affair began a couple months after her administration took office in 2015.

Since then, District Attorney Glenn Funk asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate whether Barry and others, including her former head of security Sgt. Rob Forrest, violated any criminal law including misappropriation of public funds and official misconduct throughout the affair.

Council members voted 30-7 to form a special committee to also investigate her use of tax payer money throughout the affair.

The mayor spoke about being transparent throughout the investigation process in her statement last week, saying nothing illegal happened during the affair.

Several trips made by the mayor and Sgt. Forrest alone have been called into question as well as pay and overtime pay increases for Sgt. Forrest. On Tuesday, the mayor released a statement about providing a letter of recommendation for Forrest's daughter when she applied for a position in Metro's legal department.

This story will be updated. Watch Fox 17 News at 9 p.m. for the very latest as Metro Council continues their meeting. Stream it here: fox17.com/watch

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