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WATCH: David Briley sworn into office as new Nashville mayor

(Fox 17 News)

A crowd inside Metro Council Chambers welcomed Mayor Briley as he was sworn into office Tuesday evening.

With Former Mayor Megan Barry’s affair scandal, guilty plea and resignation, some people have said over the last month that Nashville has a black eye.

Hours after announcing her resignation, Megan Barry pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000 in court on Tuesday. She was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation as part of the plea deal and will have to pay back the money.

In a news conference following the ceremony, Briley said Megan Barry called him Tuesday morning to alert him about her resignation.

“From the day I was elected vice mayor, I tried to do everything I could to prepare for the unlikely scenario that the mayor would depart,” Briley said.

Vice Mayor David Briley was sworn in as mayor with Councilwoman Sheri Weiner stepping in as vice mayor.

Watch the ceremony below:

Mayor Briley said he knows the city’s road to recovery will not be easy.

“The public trust has been damaged, and we've all been distracted from very important work that our city needs to undertake,” Briley said.

Mayor Briley said he will be transparent in his work fighting for crime prevention, schools, public health, affordable housing and jobs. He’s also pushing transit solutions as the May vote is right around the corner.

“Is Nashville going to make an investment in itself," Briley said. "Do you want to live in a city that is prosperous in 20, in 50, in 100 years? You have to make this investment if you want that."

David Briley is a Nashville native, husband, father and attorney. He served as a Metro Council at-large member from 1999 to 2007 and ran for mayor in 2007. His grandfather Beverly Briley was the first mayor of Metro Nashville from 1963 -1975.

Metro Council Member Freddie O’Connell said the newly-appointed mayor constantly looks at ways for community voices to be heard.

“I think his leadership and stewardship of council has been one full of civic wisdom,” O’Connell said. “I think he is going to be very well prepared for this moment.”

Mayor Briley will serve as mayor of Nashville until the special election August 2. He did not answer whether he plans to run for mayor at that time.

“I look at the role as being incredibly important, and I take the responsibility very seriously,” Briley said.

Davidson County voters have two big decisions quickly approaching this year, which includes the transit vote in May and the special mayoral election in August.

He also said he plans to hold town halls and regular news conferences to ensure transparency while in office.

According to the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, these mayoral and vice mayoral appointments would only be temporary. The charter states in the event the office of mayor becomes vacant, the vice mayor takes the role until the vacancy is filled at a special election or general election.

Section 15.03 of the charter explains special elections, stating if the mayor steps down during an unexpired term, a special election must be held if the vice mayor would hold the position for more than 12 months prior to the next general election date.

Mayor Barry was elected on September 10, 2015 and her term is not expected to end until August 2019.

The next general election date in Davidson County will be this August, opening the possibility for a special election in five months. That decision will ultimately be made by the Metro Election Commission.

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