Statement on Mayor Barry Resignation

Today, Mayor Megan Barry stepped down as Nashville’s chief executive after the continuing revelations related to the deeply improper conduct in which she engaged. The resignation takes effect immediately.

I’m deeply saddened by the chain of events that led to Mayor Barry’s decision. She and her team have been exceptionally supportive of important initiatives in our community, from the redevelopment of the former mall to the relocation of Hillwood High School. The Bellevue area has benefited from the work her administration has done to focus energy outside the city core.

I’m also quite relieved that this matter has reached a resolution. Given the actions that have come to light and a series of ongoing investigations, it has been clear for some time that the city would be best served if our focus could turn back to the important issues facing our community.

With Mayor Barry’s resignation, Nashville enters a transitional period in which we will face the challenges of healing, offering continuity to important projects, ensuring that services provided by Metro government are unaffected, and passing a meaningful and responsible budget for the coming fiscal year.

We are fortunate to be able to look to Vice Mayor David Briley to lead this transition. Vice Mayor Briley, who will now ascend and serve as mayor leading up to a special election this August or sooner, is a thoughtful leader and true public servant who will ably navigate us through this period.

The Metro Council will feel the loss of the Vice Mayor from our body, but Bellevue-area Councilwoman Sheri Weiner, our president pro tempore, will be a great asset and help lead us through our own transition.

I don’t know what the next few months will look like, but I do know our new mayor, the Metro Council, and dedicated Metro employees throughout our departments will work tirelessly to achieve a high level of service to the residents of Nashville.