Davidson County Residents Post Petition Calling on ‘Megan Barry to Resign Immediately from the Office of Mayor’

Less than 36 hours after Metro Nashville Mayor Megan Barry admitted to a years-long affair with top staffer Rob Forrest, some Davidson County citizens have had enough and are calling on Barry to step down.

Backers are careful to note that while the Mayor’s infidelity in her marriage belies a systemic, ethical shortcoming, it is not chief among their concerns. What is, is the fiscal impact her relationship with Forrest had in terms of overtime payments, travel arrangements, and other costs associated with his many cross-country and overseas trips with her – all paid by Metro Nashville taxpayers.

At least one observer noted that since these additional payments occurred over an extended period of time, Forrest’s retirement pension could be further enriched due to how the City calculates the benefit.

A petition, hosted at ipetition.com has been posted calling for Mayor Megan Barry’s resignation. It reads:


We, the undersigned residents of Davidson County, Tennessee, state that, based on evident facts which have recently come to light, it is wholly appropriate under the rights accorded to free people under a free government that we protest the fact that:

1. A relationship of a sexual nature has existed between the Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and a member of her protection detail (which is furnished at the expense of Davidson County taxpayers by the Metropolitan Police Department) for a period of many months. During this relationship, overtime pay accrued by this officer has skyrocketed compared to that earned by him while serving in the protection detail under previous mayors.

2. During this relationship, the amount of overnight travel billed by the mayor’s office to the taxpayers has likewise increased significantly, which certainly gives an appearance of taxpayer funding being used to further this relationship.

3. The relationship was, regardless of consent, a workplace relationship between a person in a high position of authority and a person of lesser rank directly subordinate to the mayor. This sort of relationship which, when brought to light in the context of private businesses, almost inevitably results in the resignation or forced termination of the parties involved, and at the very least the person in the position of authority.

We feel that our government, with its power to extract our money involuntarily by means of taxation, should be held to no lower standard than a private business which we could voluntarily choose to patronize.

Therefore, we call on Megan Barry to resign immediately from the office of Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, so that the stigma which now exists can be removed from that office, so that the business of the county can resume being administered on a straightforward basis, and that the investigation of this potential abuse of the public’s money can be conducted in an atmosphere of the utmost honesty, without fear or favor.

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8 Thoughts to “Davidson County Residents Post Petition Calling on ‘Megan Barry to Resign Immediately from the Office of Mayor’”

  1. Sarah

    How do we sign this petition??

    1. Sarah

      Nevermind, got it!

  2. B. Bowen

    Sanctuary City? Not yet probably soon. Barry has proven she can’t be trusted. Greece really? Have some dignity and get out now.


  3. Rick Thomas

    The Mayor needs to resign ASAP and pay the public the thousands of dollars we have paid for their numerous trips, extra days on trips and thousands of more dollars for her affair to receive for the extra time she needed for him. She can not be trusted. Hope to total dollars is made public. Thanks to the New reporters for great coverage of her expenses.

  4. Kendra Tilley

    If she were a man she would have been tarred and feathered by now.

  5. Not My Mayor

    I’m sure DA Funk has already written a draft to exonerate the mayor.

  6. Please do yourself a favor back out of this gracefully, you and Rob go live happily ever after in some place far far away. You are not the southern darling that you believe yourself to be. For the sake of my home town, No; Nashvillians do not have to forgive you, you are right on that one.

    1. Snoodles

      Mayor Bare All has decided this a personal affair.
      Taxpayers dime, on business time , funds were moved around to fit her own ” personal” affair…
      Not buying into her deceptive schemes.

      After all, she hid it for years from her husband & taxpayers…
      So, why would she be so deceptive in hiding it
      If it was just personal….???
      It was WRONG!!!
      She knew it …that’s why she hid her devious