In Parma, Missouri, voters elected their first female, and first black, mayor. Tyrus Byrd has lived in Parma her whole life, and her mere election has prompted mass resignations among the police and city officials in Parma:
According to Mayor Randall Ramsey, five out of six police officers resigned this week, effectively immediately.
Mayor Ramsey said the city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.”
Mayor Elect, Tyrus, Byrd, said she was unaware of the situation and plans to ask questions about the “safety concerns” during Tuesday night’s ceremony.
Mayor Randall Ramsey served the city of Parma for 37 years during two different terms.
He lost the election by 37 votes.
Byrd served as city clerk in the past. She was born and raised in Parma and also does missionary work.
She said her first order of business will be to help clean up the city.