During a public meeting about the ambitious $9 billion transit plan at Watkins College in Bordeaux Monday, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was heckled by a lone protester, who stood up and yelled, “You need to resign!”
“You need to leave because we are trying to talk about transit,” Barry retorted.
As the man was quickly led out of the sparsely attended meeting, he said, “You need to resign! You’re a disgrace. You’re an embarrassment…. I voted for you – you’re a disgrace.”
WKRN cameras were rolling and caught the entire incident on video.
Citizens in and around Nashville and across the state have been roiled by a series of tawdry revelations after Barry admitted to a years-long affair with her chief of security, former Sgt. Rob Forrest.
Concerns over the possible misuse of public funds to carry on, and then cover up the Mayor’s dalliance has sparked several investigations by different state and city agencies including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, the Metro Board of Ethical Conduct, and a Metro Council Special Committee.
As The Tennessee Star previously reported:
It also highlights a growing concern about a lack of checks and balances and the failure to apply standard internal controls to financial and personnel operations within Metro Nashville Davidson County Government during Barry’s tenure.
At least five other examples of these failures have come light in the month since Mayor Barry admitted to an extramarital affair with her former bodyguard.
- The so-called “computer glitch” in which for more than a year and a half Metro Nashville Davidson County Government’s information system failed to properly identify the first-line approver of Forrest’s travel requests as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Debbie Mason, and instead falsely identified that first-line approver as Police Chief Steve Anderson.
- The failure of Metro Nashville Police Department’s internal approval process–going through Captain Mike Anderson of the Special Investigations Division–to identify irregularities in the overtime requests submitted by Barry’s lover, Sgt. Rob Forrest.
- The unusual manner in which Sgt. Forrest’s daughter, Macy Amos, obtained a job in Metro Legal created specifically for her in which no other candidate was interviewed.
- The apparent gift of travel in September 2017 to Athens, Greece provided to Mayor Barry by the Rockefeller Foundation-funded 100 Resilient Cities initiative, (a trip on which she was accompanied only by her lover, Sgt. Forrest), which took place shortly after Barry used city funds to establish a new Chief Resilience Officer, Erik Cole, a key policy objective of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.
- Unusual patterns of promotions in other parts of Metro Nashville Davidson County Government that sources tell The Star have not yet been reported, but are nonetheless worthy of investigation.
The disturbing pattern of facts presented by Mayor Barry’s extramarital affair and the long litany of actions lacking appropriate checks and balances on her power undertaken during her tenure suggest that the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government has become a vehicle designed to advance the mayor’s personal ambitions and national political agenda rather than a servant of the residents of Davidson County.