80% Of Town’s Police Force Resigns After Missouri Town Elects First African-American Mayor

Last week, the small town of Parma, Missouri swore in their new mayor. Tyrus Byrd is the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of the town. Apparently, the election was not liked by a majority of the police force, though. After Mayor Byrd was sworn in, five out of the six total police officers who make up the town’s police force resigned. Byrd was sworn in on Tuesday, April 14.

Other city officials also resigned at the same time as the officers. Those who resigned include the city’s attorney, the city’s clerk, and the city’s water treatment plant supervisor. They all had resignation letters stating they were retiring due to non-specific “safety concerns.”

The election was tight with Byrd winning by just 37 votes. Byrd managed to oust former Mayor Randall Ramsey though, ending his 37 year career as mayor of the town of Parma.

According to interviews with the local media, residents do not seem particularly concerned with police officers leaving, due to the town having such a small population size.

Parma resident, Martha Miller told KFVS:

“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 by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people?”

Mayor Byrd has lived in Parma her entire life and has previously worked as a city clerk. In addition to her government work, she has also previously done missionary work.

You can watch a video report on the story in full, below.

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