Special Committee to continue Megan Barry affair investigation following resignation

(Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's mug photo. Credit: Metro Nashville Police Department)

A Special Committee formed to investigate former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will continue their efforts even though Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft and resigned.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the committee met and agreed to move forward with looking into whether or not public money funded Barry’s affair with her former head of security Rob Forrest.

The committee still wants to hire Memphis law firm Burch Porter and Johnson. The firm would only be able to bill for 15 hours, charging $395 per hour. That could cost taxpayers nearly $6,000. The firm could ask for approval for more time if they need it.

On Tuesday night, Mayor Briley recommended council just let the Metro auditor do the investigation, since the mayor has now resigned.

Councilmembers told FOX 17 News, the committee will continue meeting with Metro Auditor Mark Swann as he gets updates on his investigation.

This comes after a whirlwind day for politics in Nashville as Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000. She was ordered to repay the city $11,000, serve three years unsupervised probation and resign as part of the plea deal. Barry has the chance to get her record expunged in three years.

Meanwhile, Forrest also pleaded guilty to felony theft of property 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.

Special Committee Members:

• Councilmember At-Large Erica Gilmore

• Councilmember At-Large Bob Mendes

• Councilmember Robert Swope

• Councilmember Burkley Allen

• Councilmember Mina Johnson

• Councilmember Russ Pulley

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