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Robert Forrest

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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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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.