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Sgt. Forrest to keep full pension after affair with Former Mayor Megan Barry

(Fox 17 News)

The Metro Employee Benefit Board said Sgt. Rob Forrest will keep his full pension despite a federal theft charge stemming from his affair with the former mayor.

Forrest conditionally pleaded guilty to to theft of property over $10,000 on Tuesday. As a term of his probation, he will reimburse the city $45,000 paid to him as salary and overtime when he was not actually working as the mayor's security detail. Forrest will also serve three years probation.

The District Attorney's office said Forrest admitted that he improperly received more than $10,000 in city compensation for time reported as work hours, which were actually personal time with Megan Barry.

A spokesperson for the Metro Employee Benefit Board said the board will meet in April to discuss if the $45,000 will factor into his pension. Pensions are based on the employee's best 60 months of earnings.

“If it comes before the board that we make a decision to adjust it or not, yes, I would want the pension to reflect correct earnings,” Mark Young said in an earlier interview.

Former Mayor Megan Barry conditionally pleaded guilty to theft of property over $10,000 on Tuesday. She paid restitution of $11,000 for "unlawful expenditures" and will serve a three-year unsupervised probation.

Prior to Barry admitting to their nearly two-year affair in January, Forrest retired from his position as head of her security detail.


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