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Police officers resign after their town elects first black female mayor

By Mason White 11:46 AM April 21, 2015
Tyrus Byrd 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Police officers in Missouri, quit their jobs after their long standing mayor lost an election to a black woman.

5 out of 6 police officers and several town officials resigned from their positions in Parma, after the first black mayor was elected.

Tyrus Byrd, a former city clerk, was officially sworn in as mayor on Tuesday. She took the place of Randall Ramsey, who served as the town’s mayor for 37 years.

Byrd won the election with 37 votes.

The outgoing mayor said that five of the six members of the city police submitted their resignations, citing “security concerns.”

Parma city attorney, secretary and water treatment supervisor, also handed in their resignations and quit after Byrd won the election.

Residents of Parma, said that they are not concerned about security now that the police force has been reduced.

One said that there has been some home break-ins in the area and police did nothing to stop it.

“I think it’s pretty dirty of them to leave without giving the new mayor a chance,” another resident said.

People said that the city of 740 people does not need 6 police officers on its payroll.

The new mayor said that she will make sure the city stays safe.