Mayor admits affair with head of her security 01:11

Nashville, Tennessee (CNN)A onetime symbol of integrity, Megan Barry made history as the Music City’s first female mayor in 2015. Barry sought to tackle the scarcity of public transportation options and affordable housing, and helped score a professional soccer franchise.

She was popular and energetic, a regular presence at music venues and Nashville Predators hockey games.

The mayor’s willingness to talk about her only son’s fatal drug overdose last summer engendered sympathy from residents. Those warms feelings largely continued even after the mayor, 54, publicly apologized for having an affair with her bodyguard.