Megan Barry Photos: Full Story & Must-See Details of Nashville Mayor

Sources: Nashville mayor expected to resign

Barry announced her resignation at a news conference, shortly after she pleaded guilty to a theft charge related to the affair, the Tennessean reported.

Barry moved to Nashville in 1991 to attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where she earned an MBA in 1993.

Barry and Forrest made 10 trips together with no one else from the Mayor's office in attendance. However, since her affair was announced in January, investigations into Barry and Forrest's relationship were launched by several entities, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Nashville Metro Council. Experts say that isn't up to her. Barry has not said when the affair ended, only that it's over.

Investigators also found nude photos of Barry on Forrest's phone. This presumably was treated as evidence that the mayor herself had contrived to make the trip and arranged for Forrest's presence without a legitimate reason for it.

The mayor's willingness to talk about her only son's fatal drug overdose last summer engendered sympathy from residents.

Barry claimed at the time the affair was a personal matter that violated no laws or ethical standards, and refused to resign.

The mayor's office has denied any indication that she misused travel time or taxpayers' money due to their relationship. It had misuse of taxpayer money; it had a salacious affair. She was also fined and sentenced to three years of probation.

On Tuesday morning in the Davidson County Courthouse, Barry accepted a plea agreement, in which one of the conditions was her resignation from office.

Forrest earned $173,843.13 in overtime from July 2015 through January 15 of this year, according to city data, more than the amount earned by the four other police officers in Barry's detail combined.

Prior to the affair, Barry was considered a rising progressive star in Nashville where she had approval ratings around 70 percent. Had she managed to keep her sex life separate from her work, and perhaps chosen a partner who knew better than to take nude photos of his boss while filing for overtime pay, she wouldn't have gotten into legal peril and might well have survived politically.

Other potential candidates include Nashville businessmen Bill Freeman and David Fox, who both lost to Barry in the 2015 mayoral election.

A report by USA Today Network-Tennessee reported that Forrest received hundreds of hours of overtime while working in Nashville as he escorted the mayor to hot yoga classes, hockey games, late-night concerts and other events.

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