Proving that politicians are adept at coming out ahead no matter what, disgraced former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has landed a job — teaching women about the trials and tribulations of politics at Fisk University.
Barry began teaching a “Women in Politics” class three weeks ago, Fox 17 News reporter Harriet Wallace said.
On March 6, 2018, Barry resigned as the first female mayor of Nashville. She entered a conditional plea, or diversion, on felony theft of property over $10,000 with three years’ unsupervised probation and $11,000 in restitution, The Tennessee Star reported at the time. She was not convicted, so if she follows her requirements, she can have her record expunged after three years.
The now ex-mayor, who was married, admitted to having an affair with her married bodyguard, Sgt. Rob. Forrest of the Metro Nashville Police Department, including times he was clocked in and was on overtime. Forrest earned $75,462 in overtime during the 2016-17 fiscal year.
WSMV reported Fisk’s statement about Barry’s job:
Megan Barry is currently teaching a spring semester class at Fisk University. As a University, we believe that Mrs. Barry can provide valuable insight into the role of women in public life. Several students have already expressed their appreciation for her perspective on the trials and tribulations of serving in a leadership role.
The last sentence of Fisk’s statement shows a sense of irony since Barry did appear in court. She also faced pointed questions over whether she gave women’s rights a bad name by having an affair with a subordinate.
The affair took the lovers to far-flung locales such as Greece and San Francisco on the taxpayers’ dime. Paris was another of their destinations, making for nine trips out of state while they were alone.
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