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A new audit out Wednesday confirms that former Mayor Megan Barry and her security guard, Sgt. Robert Forrest, violated ethical standards and that city funds were misused during their extramarital affair.

And auditors recommended several reforms for the mayor’s office, finance and human resources departments, and the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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A pair of investigations into former mayor Megan Barry are seeing a flurry of activity this week. The Metro Auditor’s much-anticipated findings could be made public soon. And on Tuesday, members of the Metro Board of Ethical Conduct — running their own probe — said they plan to call officials to testify.

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Dealing with the $17 million budget shortfall facing Metro Schools is one of the many challenges for Nashville's next mayor. Already, school officials are scrambling to find the money so no teachers get laid off and funding for students doesn't get cut.

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Nashville officials are debating a potential cut to former bodyguard Robert Forrest’s pension, following his affair with ex-Mayor Megan Barry and his subsequent decision to retire from his public position. The Nashville Employee Benefits Board has sole authority over setting the terms of the police sergeant’s pension, although Forrest may appeal the decision if he deems it unfair.

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Sgt. Rob Forrest, the former bodyguard for ex-Mayor Megan Barry, was a 31-year veteran of the Nashville Police Department — which entitles him to a hefty pension. But after he pleaded guilty to felony theft earlier this week, that pension could be at risk.

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Just 24 hours after Mayor Megan Barry plead guilty to felony theft and announced her resignation from office, two of four pending investigations into her conduct have winded down.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Mayor David Briley, who was sworn in last night to succeed Megan Barry, has not yet said whether he'll try to hold onto the office.

But with a short sprint scheduled to the August special election, there aren't many people who could mount a challenge.

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Both sides in the debate over Nashville's proposed mass transit plan say the referendum scheduled for May 1 should go forward, despite Mayor Megan Barry's surprise announcement Tuesday that she's stepping down after pleading guilty to felony theft in connection with her extramarital affair.

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Few are openly celebrating the demise of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who stepped down as part of a plea deal on Tuesday morning. She also pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge related to her two-year affair with the head of her security team.

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David Briley will be the new Mayor of Nashville. While it's a name that may be unfamiliar to some, Briley has been active in city politics for two decades and has family ties to the founding of Metro Government itself.

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