Several police officers and city officials have resigned after the small town of Parma, Missouri, elected its first African American woman as mayor.
Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor on April 14 at the Parma Community Building after edging out incumbent Randall Ramsey by 37 votes, KFVS reported.
Ramsey, who served as mayor for 37 years under two terms, said five of the small town’s six police officers have resigned, citing “safety concerns.” He added that the city’s attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor also submitted their resignation following the news.
Still, some residents of Parma said they were not worried about the sudden resignations and expressed their support for the new mayor elect.
“I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” Parma local Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people."
Former alderman Barry Aycock told Daily Mail Online that the response to the election was not unsual and that he hardly sees police out on patrol anway. He added that there is very little crime in the city, aside from a recent spate of break-ins in recent weeks.
During her swearing in ceremony, Byrd said that she plans on getting things in order for the small town of Parma. She said that her first order of action was to help clean up the city.
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