Defiant Mayor Megan Barry Refuses to Resign: ‘The Tennesseean Is Welcome to Their Opinion’

Embattled Nashville Mayor Megan Barry responded defiantly late Wednesday to the call from the Editorial Board of The Tennessean earlier in the day for her to resign. That call comes in the aftermath of her admission to an extramarital affair with her former bodyguard, Metro Nashville Police Sgt. Rob Forrest.

“I was elected to serve as mayor by the voters of Davidson County, and I will continue to do so. The Tennessean is welcome to their opinion,” she said in a statement released by Sean Braisted, director of communications for the Mayor’s Office.

The Tennessean’s call for her resignation, written by the paper’s very liberal opinion page editor, David Plazas, pulled no punches:

A leader must put the interests and the needs of the people she serves above her own.

We thought Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was doing just that.

However, it has become abundantly clear in recent weeks that this is not the case after the revelation of her affair with her subordinate and former head of security, retired Metro Nashville Police Department Sgt. Rob Forrest.

This is a confounding and disappointing situation:

– How he could rack up more than $170,000 in overtime pay over three years, which included extended domestic and overseas trips with her alone and overtime charges in Nashville for hours after the mayor’s calendar showed official events of the day had ended.

– How her Chief Operating Officer Rich Riebeling let the Mayor’s Office approve and pay for security detail travel requests – and how those trips grew from one with just Barry and Forrest alone to nine more after Chief of Staff Debby Dale Mason started supervising those requests.

– How despite promises of cooperation with authorities and transparency with the public, Barry and her administrative team have only done so when forced to. Several public records requests are still unfulfilled with the mayor’s office citing a “deliberative process” exemption.

Barry’s adamant refusal to acknowledge the merits of The Tennessean’s call for her resignation suggests that she is circling the wagons and has abandoned her prior commitment to “openness,” “transparency,” and “cooperation” with the three current investigations into her conduct.

Short of an indictment and a conviction, Barry appears determined to cling to office no matter what the cost to the city of Nashville and its residents.

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11 Thoughts to “Defiant Mayor Megan Barry Refuses to Resign: ‘The Tennesseean Is Welcome to Their Opinion’”

  1. Paul Bennett

    Nashville you elected her so now you must deal with her. When she liked to about the affair you should have ousted her immediately. It is evident she will not leave on her own so you should already be taking the steps to remove her. I am sure if she were a republican that would have already been done.

  2. Manville

    She will resign.

  3. Jean DuBois

    Just put together a petition with nine other Nashville citizens, and file for her ouster:

  4. Jim

    You get the leadership you deserve Nahville, and you’re getting it good and hard.

  5. Floyd

    Even her supporters are saying enough and that its time to go. Once again Bruce Barry has timidly gone back into hibernation and no longer posting fake news on his Twitter page. All the signs are there that she’s outlived her useful life. Good riddance.

  6. spclopr8tr

    So, maybe it is time for a recall vote?

    1. Jean DuBois

      Google “Tennessee ouster law”.

  7. Scott Jones

    She just gave Nashville the finger.

  8. Eric

    Rumor has it Barry is trying to cut a deal to avoid prosecution. There is a comment on the Tennessean to the David Plazas story about this and also the same rumor was going around my wifes work place today.

    Perhaps there’s something to this.

    1. Robert Forbus

      I’ve seen a similar event locally. Small-town mayor got in trouble – felony-level stuff. The TBI investigated and the AG brought the charges. He was given a choice – abandon his position and never hold public office again or face the felony counts in a court of law. He selected the first option.
      I think this will happen with Barry – especially if felony-level charges surface. They’ll offer her a deal.

      1. Scott Smith

        Your absolutely right. Right now she’s waiting for that moment.