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Board of Ethical Conduct to proceed with hearing for complaint filed against Megan Barry

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned on March 6, 2018. (WSMV) Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned on March 6, 2018. (WSMV)

The Metro Board of Ethical Conduct has voted to proceed with a hearing for an ethical complaint filed against former Mayor Megan Barry.

The board will specifically be investigating Sgt. Rob Forrest's excessive overtime and if his and Barry's relationship had influence over her decisions or led to any preferential treatment.

At a meeting Wednesday morning, the board went over the specifics of the complaint.

"I think this is a big step in requiring integrity and accountability in our elected officials, so I believe the ethics board absolutely did the right thing today," said Theeda Murphy, who is with Community Oversight Now.

Murphy, who filed the complaint against Barry, said she hopes the hearing will bring about more transparency, more accountability and more responsiveness to community interests.

"We said there is enough here that we feel that there needs to be an investigation with her relationship with the police department, not just with Sgt. Forrest but with the police department, to see whether her relationship with him affected her policy," Murphy said.

The date of the hearing has not yet been determined.

RELATED DOCUMENTS: Barry criminal complaint | Barry's resignation letter | Forrest criminal complaint

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