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Nashville Mayor pleads guilty to felony theft, announces resignation

(FOX 17 News)

LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT:

UPDATE: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000 and agrees to repay the city $11,000 in reimbursement fees.

Barry has agreed to serve three years probation with the chance to get her record expunged in three years.

Barry announced her resignation Tuesday morning. Click here for the latest story.

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is announced her resignation, several weeks after admitting to an affair with the former head of her security.

The announcement was made during a news conference Tuesday morning.

Nashville's Vice Mayor is David Briley, who is expected to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Once that takes place, Councilwoman Sheri Weiner will be sworn in as Vice Mayor.

FOX 17 News was told Briley and Weiner will hold those seats until August when a special election will happen.

FOX 17 News will carry the news conference on-air and online. Click here to watch.

Barry announced the relationship with former Metro Police Sgt. Rob Forrest on Jan. 31.

The announcement of her resignation follows discoveries of nude photos and 260 deleted messages by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, court documents said.

Forrest said the affair cost him his marriage and his wife has filed for divorce.

Both Barry and Forrest surrendered their phones to TBI as its investigation into possible laws that may have been broken amid the affair is ongoing.

The TBI investigation is one of three surrounding the affair. A Special Committee with the Metro Council is looking into overtime, travel and other expenses related to investigate whether taxpayer money was misused. The group “Community Oversight Now” filed an ethics complaint against the mayor, claiming her affair impacted Barry’s actions with the Metro Nashville Police Department. However, a law firm has since recommended that Metro’s Ethical Board dismiss most of the complaints against Barry on grounds of lack of jurisdiction.

As this unfolds, Nashvillians are about to vote on the largest project in the city’s history. Barry’s $8.9 billion transit plan will be on the May 1 ballot for Davidson County voters.

Key components of the plan include the city's first light rail system, rapid bus transit and increasing the frequency of the existing MTA bus network.

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