Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said he and others in the department felt betrayed by former Sgt. Rob Forrest, who pleaded guilty to charges of theft that allegedly occurred during his affair with former Mayor Megan Barry. In January, Barry admitted to almost a two-year-long affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, a former member of the mayor's security detail.
Barry pleaded guilty to felony theft of property over $10,000 charges. Forrest also must reimburse the city for $45,000 in pay he received for times he wasn't performing his duties as part of Barry's security detail.
News of the scandal led Nashville's City Council to create a special committee to determine whether the mayor misused public funds as a result of the affair.
"I think you in advance for the support I am sure you will give Mayor Briley in the weeks ahead", Barry, aged 54, said at a local press conference Tuesday morning, urging residents to rally behind her successor.
The Democratic Barry is the city's first mayor in almost a century to leave office before the end of their term. She will be immediately replaced by the city's vice mayor.
Barry denied using taxpayer money to go on trips or pay other expenses to hide her affair. Like Barry, Forrest is expected serve no jail time and will receive three years of probation, The Tennessean reported.
According to The Tennessean, the two were often partaking in domestic and global travel for work, which led Forrest to rack up $33,000 in expenses and $50,000 plus in overtime in 2017 on top of his $84,500 salary. Even after admitting affair, a new Vanderbilt University poll found her with job approval from 61 percent of Nashvillains, although that poll concluded prior to the explosive revelations detailed in the TBI affidavit. Forrest, who had spent more than 31 years with Metro Nashville Police and supervised the mayor's security detail over three administrations, has retired.
"We had an affair, and it was wrong, and we shouldn't have done it", Barry said.
The Tennessean called it "a stunning fall from power" for Barry, who took office in 2015.
When Barry admitted to the affair in January, she stated, "I know that God will forgive me but Nashville doesn't have to".
Barry made headlines last year after she revealed that her 22-year-old son had died from an opioid drug overdose in July 2017.
The Tennessee Titans did not comment on the mayor's departure, but they did have a positive working relationship with the city and her office during that period.