Dem Pleads Guilty to Felony, Resigns
The shocking revelations mark a dramatic fall from grace for the politician who was once among the Democratic Party's brightest rising stars.
Barry announced her resignation at a packed morning news conference, a half-hour after she pleaded guilty in court to property theft over $10,000 related to her affair.
Barry's resignation goes into effect at 5 p.m. As part of her plea deal; she received three years probation and agreed to reimburse the city for $11,000 in unlawful expenses. Court documents did not explain how the district attorney's office calculated restitution, but media coverage has focused on travel and incidental expenses incurred while Barry and Forrest enjoyed their romantic liaisons.
Barry addressed reporters for three minutes before stepping away from the podium:
"While my time of mayor today concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end," said Barry, who was subdued throughout her short remarks. "No one is as excited about this city and its bright and limitless future as I am.
"It has been my honor, and it has been the privilege of my entire professional life to have the blessing and the opportunity to be your mayor," she continued. "I thank you in advance for the support that I am sure you will give Mayor Briley in the weeks and the months ahead. God bless this wonderful city. I love you, Nashville."
A criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains ongoing.