Missouri Town sees mass resignations after election of black female mayor

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Parma, Missouri held an election last week that saw their first female black Mayor, Tyrus Byrd, elected to office. But as soon as she was sworn in on Wednesday, 5 of 6 police officers, the City Attorney, the City Clerk, and the City Water Treatment supervisor turned in their resignations, citing “safety concerns.” None of the officials gave notice to the city.


Tyrus Byrd, Parma’s first female black Mayor


No one seems to know why there was a mass exodus.

Parma is a tiny town of just over 700 residents. Their police force consisted of 6 officers, and some residents say they don’t need that many.

“I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance, but I don’t think they hurt the town with quitting because who needs six police for 740 people?” Martha Miller, Parma resident

Two full time and three part-time police officers resigned. The part-time officers also worked jobs in nearby towns. Lately there has been a run of burglaries in Parma, but generally there isn’t much crime. KFVS reported that most residents did not notice police officers patrolling the streets anyway.

Parma is 57% white, and 41% black. The outgoing Mayor, Randall Ramsey, states that he has no idea why the officials resigned, and what they meant by ‘safety concerns.’ Ramsey served in the Mayor’s position for over  30 years. Mrs. Byrd was a former City Clerk in the small town.

Byrd’s father, former council member Simon Wofford, also said he had no idea why they quit. He stated that his daughter had an excellent relationship with the police.

For her part, Mrs Byrd said that her election should be celebrated, not focused on the departure of city officials. She stated that she has not seen the letters. she plans to address the resignations soon.

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