Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launches investigation into Mayor Barry, "others"
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) confirms the agency is investigating if any laws were broken by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, her former head of security, and/or "others."
FOX 17 News reached out to the TBI for confirmation and spokesman Josh DeVine issued the following statement:
"At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, TBI Agents are investigating whether Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and/or others, including retired Metro Police Sgt. Rob Forrest, violated any criminal law including misappropriation of public funds and official misconduct.
As with any TBI investigation, Agents will collect any and all relevant evidence and interviews and, in turn, submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration."
The investigation comes just one day after 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.
Barry has admitted to having an affair with Forrest which started a few months after she took office.
However, questions about how the affair could have affected the use of public funds were raised due to records showing Forrest saw a large increase in overtime pay.
A Metro Police veteran, Forrest also served on security details for Barry's predecessors Karl Dean, Phil Bredesen, and Bill Purcell.
According to the 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.