Majority of police force resigns when town elects new mayor

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PARMA, Mo. (KFVS) – As officials announced a newly elected mayor for the town of Parma, Missouri, they also learned of several open positions in town.

Voters chose Tyrus Byrd to take over the post of mayor for the town.

In the town’s history, Byrd is the first African-American female to be selected as mayor.

However, it seems not everyone was excited about the new city official.

Former mayor Randall Ramsey told KFVS five out of six police officers resigned when the election results were announced.

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

“They said we had six cops on the payroll. How can we have six cops and we go days without cops patrolling? You know, and we’ve got these recent break-ins,” said Terrell Thatch.

Also, the city’s attorney, clerk and waste water treatment plant supervisor turned in resignation letters, saying they were leaving their posts for “safety concerns.”

Former mayor Randall Ramsey served as an official for the city for 37 years.

He lost the election to Byrd by just 37 votes.

During her campaign, Byrd said her first order of business would be to help clean up the city.

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