Missouri Has Elected Its First Black Female Mayor and White Police Officers And City Officials Resigns
|Police Officers And Officials Resigns Because|
Missouri Has Elected Its First Black Female Mayor
Though many supporters showed up to see Tyrus Byrd sworn in, her victory has been tainted after five out of six officers in the small town of Parma, Missouri turned in their resignation letters, according to Byrd’s predecessor, former Mayor Randall Ramsey.
|Mayor Tyrus Byrd|
Tyrus Byrd, a former city clerk, was officially sworn in as mayor on Tuesday after beating incumbent Randall Ramsey. Ramsey had served as mayor of Parma for 37 years under two terms.
The outgoing mayor said five of the city's six police officers submitted their resignation, citing
"safety concerns." Parma's city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor also quit.
Some Parma residents say they aren't worried about safety now that the police force has shrunk. "I think it's pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance," resident Martha Miller told KFVS. "But I don't think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people."
At her swearing in ceremony, Byrd said that she is looking to getting things in order for the city.
Business as usual. Newly elected mayor will wait to address the loss of police personnel in the city of Parma pic.twitter.com/OU9OmKWQzX
— Allison Twaits KFVS (@atwaitskfvs) April 14, 2015