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Nashville mayor resigns after admitting affair

Nashville mayor resigns after admitting affair

Also on Tuesday, Forrest plead guilty to the same felony theft charge and agreed to reimburse the city $45k that was paid to him as salary or overtime when he was not performing his ~official duties~. He called Barry "a friend" and said he hoped she would be able to move past "a terrible moment" in her life.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation did not identify the woman in the photos and Barry has said that if the photos are of her, they were taken without her knowledge or permission.

On February 23, Penny Genelle Nelson Forrest, 53, of Hermitage, Tennesse, filed for divorce in the Fourth Circuit Court, Davidson County at Nashville, from her husband, the now former Metro Nashville Police Department sergeant after learning of the admitted near two-year affair between her husband and the Mayor of Nashville. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, according to an affidavit. Later that morning at Nashville's city hall, Barry announced her resignation.

Vice-Mayor David Briley, a Barry ally and the scion of a prominent Nashville political family, became mayor upon her resignation, and will presumably be running in an August special election to fill her four-year term, which ends next year. Nine of the trips were only attended by Barry and Forrest. Authorities found deleted phone logs of chats and calls between Barry and Forrest during an investigation. The election to officially replace Barry will occur during the August 2 general election.

"While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and honest affection for this wonderful city and its great people never ends", Barry said at a news conference, according to the AP.

There's never a good time for a sex/financial scandal, but it was particularly bad timing for Barry, whose signature public transportation initiative is going before Nashville voters in May.

In January, Barry said she and Forrest are no longer seeing each other. "I thank you in advance for the support that I am sure you will give Mayor Briley in the weeks and the months ahead". In addition to this, Forrest gained $173,843.13 in overtime pay from July 2015 to January 2017. And it's all something of a tragedy for progressive activists in Nashville and in Tennessee, who viewed Barry as having defied the cautious centrist template for Democrats in the state.

She also tweeted out a similar sentiment, which links to another statement, also echoing the same feelings. He promised transparency and says he will work to restore the public trust.

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