Ethics complaint against former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry moves forward

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announces her resignation Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Barry resigned after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the city while carrying on an extramarital affair with her bodyguard. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

An ethics complaint against former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is moving forward, even though Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft and resigned from her post on Tuesday.

The Board of Ethical Conduct met Wednesday to discuss complaints filed after Barry's admitted affair with former Metro Sgt. Rob Forrest.

Four complaints were listed against Barry in total and two have been dismissed. The board decided to move forward with hearings regarding Forrest's overtime pay and whether or not Barry gave him special treatment.

Theeda Murphy, who filed the complaint, spearhead the police oversite board that failed in metro council and that Barry did not support. That oversite board would have reviewed police misconduct.

“What appears to be forming is a picture of the police having access to the mayor that we don’t have and using that to shape her policy in a way that is outside of public debate and outside the view of public site,” Murphy said.

Barry was already ordered to repay Nashville $11,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to felony theft of property. She also got three years unsupervised probation and resigned as part of her plea deal. Forrest also pleaded guilty to felony theft of property and was ordered to repay Nashville $45,000 paid to him as salary and overtime when he was not actually working as the mayor's security detail.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.

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