Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced her resignation at a brief press conference held Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at Nashville City Hall.
The announcement came shortly after she pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft in a Nashville criminal court.
“Today is primarily about the smooth transition of power from my administration to that of Vice Mayor David Briley,” Barry said in a statement that lasted less than three minutes:
Nashville, with its boundless energy its infectious optimism . . . will in years ahead continue its steady march to the very top of the list of great American cities.
It’s a continued climb that I will watch, but I will watch as a private citizen.
Barry’s bodyguard and lover, MNPD Sgt. Rob Forrest, also faces criminal charges, apparently.
“Sgt. Forrest is being led into the Court House right now,” NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams reported at 10:15 a.m.