Nashville Mayor Megan Barry admitted Wednesday that she had an extramarital affair with the former head of her security detail and said she is seeking the forgiveness of the people of Nashville for the said indiscretion.
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Barry apologized and said she plans to continue serving in office in spite of the scandal. In a news release, the mayor also said that she accepts “full responsibility” for the pain she caused her family as well as the family of her former security chief, Sgt. Robert Forrest. Barry also singled out her husband Bruce in her apology and claimed that he remains “committed to their marriage.”
The popular mayor who was elected in 2015 reserved her biggest apologies to the people of Nashville. She was quick to add that she remains “firmly committed” to working and serving them. She said since taking office, progress has been made to offer affordable housing, improve public education and promote better transportation options. She admits, though, that the work is far from finished and there’s more that needs to be done.
Barry said: “God will forgive me, but the people of Nashville don’t have to. In the weeks and months to come, I will work hard to earn your forgiveness and earn back your trust.”
For his part, Forrest said in a news release on Wednesday that he never violated his oath as a police officer or did anything to abuse public trust. He announced his retirement from on January 17 after serving for over 31 years with Metro Nashville Police. He spent 14 years of his tenure supervising the mayor’s security detail over three administrations.
Forrest, however, asked for privacy regarding his affair with the mayor as he said he is working on rebuilding the trust of those he loves the most. He said: “I deeply regret that my professional relationship with Mayor Barry turned into a personal one. This has caused great pain for my wife, my family, friends, and colleagues.”
Barry’s admission of indiscretion follows her family’s tragedy last year when her only son, Max, died in July after an overdose om a combination of several drugs including opioids.