Nashville mayor's former head of security to receive $80,000 in annual pension
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The now retired Metro Nashville Police body guard who had an affair with Mayor Megan Barry will receive $80,000 a year in annual pension according to the Metro Human Resources Department.
Sgt. Rob Forrest issued his retirement letter to police on January 17, which took effect on January 31. That same day, Mayor Barry publicly acknowleged an affair with her former head of security.
The pension is based on Forrest's five-year average in which he received the highest salary.
District Attorney Glenn Funk has 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.
The Metro Nashville Council has also voted to form a special committee to investigate if Nashville Mayor Megan Barry misused taxpayer funds during her affair.
According to records, Sgt. Forrest’s total salary and overtime pay was $111,070.18 during fiscal year 2014-2015 with Mayor Dean. During his time with Mayor Barry, Sgt. Forrest’s total salary and overtime pay was $157,187.20 during fiscal year 2016-2017.
“Looking at the finances, seems it's really suspect the way he's been paid more overtime,” Nashville resident Thomas Kibby said.
Fox 17 News showed people living and working in Nashville the chart detailing Sgt. Forrest’s salary and overtime increases.
“When I look at the numbers, somebody's lying somewhere,” Nashville resident Robert Betts said.
“He should be compensated for the work that he did but not necessarily for the extracurricular activities that he was involved in,” Nashville resident Brooklyn Harrington said.
When it comes to the $80,000 a year pension taxpayers would pay for, Nashvillians expressed their concerns and questions since there are ongoing investigations.
“The idea that he should be entitled to his full amount in light of everything that's happened, I'm not sure that that's fair for taxpayers as well as the other people that he worked with,” Harrington said.
“It just reeks you know? It doesn't ever sit well,” Kibby said.
“Anytime you're a public official and you don't go by the book, it needs to be handled,” Betts said.