Nearly Every Police Officer Resigns Over ‘Safety Concerns’ After Missouri Town Elects First Black Mayor
Five of Parma, Missouri’s six police officers resigned after the town elected its first black mayor.
On Tuesday, former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as the new mayor of Parma but found that most of the town’s police officers, the city attorney, and water treatment supervisor all resigned before she took over.
Outgoing Mayor Randall Ramsey, who served as the town’s mayor for 37 years, said the employees did not give any prior notice before stepping down. The employees submitted resignations en masse, citing “safety concerns.”
Residents didn’t take kindly to the move but many are unconcerned.
“I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance,” Parma resident Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people?”