Democrat Megan Barry, the 54-year-old mayor of Nashville , Tennessee, had been fighting for her political life since admitting in January to the two-year extramarital affair with the chief of her personal security detail.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is expected to announce her resignation Tuesday morning. He called Barry "a friend" and said he hoped she would be able to move past "a awful moment" in her life. The AP said she received three years of probation and was ordered to pay an $11,000 fine in restitution, after allegedly causing thousands of dollars from the city's funds to be spent in an unlawful manner.
Barry's admission - in an interview with the USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee and then alone on a city hall stage before a scrum of media - shocked the city and set into motion a series of investigations into whether she had violated ethical or criminal laws. Barry has not said when the affair ended, only that it's over.
Barry has served as the mayor of Nashville since September 2015.
The affidavit also said the TBI has found 260 deleted chats between Forrest's phone and Barry's phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs. The investigation into her relationship with Forrest uncovered some nude photos on Forrest's work cell phone which suggested the two had relations while the sergeant was still on duty. Nine of the trips were attended only by Barry and Forrest. In July, the couple's only son, Max, died due to a drug overdose, catapulting the mayor to become a national voice in the fight against opioids.
Barry, 54, admitted to the affair January 31. Furthermore, Barry will receive three years unsupervised probation.
She enjoyed approval ratings topping 70% before the scandal and 61% weeks after she announced the affair.
Reports say Barry and Forrest "went together, without any other city employees, on nine trips around the country and the globe, according to travel, expenditure and scheduling records including trips from Athens, Greece to San Francisco, The Tennessean reported".
"I also must apologize to the people of Nashville who elected me to serve as your mayor", she said in her statement at the time.
The officer, Robert Forest, resigned from the police department but Barry had insisted no professional misconduct took place - and said she would not resign.
"I love you, Nashville", the former mayor writes on Twitter following her resignation.
The Nashville paper reports that Barry's departure will elevate Vice Mayor David Briley to the job of acting mayor.
Nashville will have a special mayoral election in August.