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Officials, Cops Quit After Mo. Town Elects Black Female Mayor

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 12:57 PM

Most of the officials and police officers in a small Missouri town have resigned their seats after voters elected a former city clerk as the town's first female, African-American mayor.

Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor of Parma on April 14, reports local CBS affiliate KFVS, and, according to outgoing Mayor Randall Ramsey, five of the town's six police officers stepped down right after the election.

Ramsey told the station that Parma's city attorney, clerk, and waste-water treatment plant supervisor also submitted letters of resignation, citing "safety concerns."

Byrd said in a speech that she did not know what the concerns were, but that her first order of business would be to clean up the city. According to KFVS, Byrd was born and raised in the community and also volunteers for missionary work.

Ramsey had been mayor of Parma for 37 years, during two different terms, and he lost his seat to Byrd by exactly 37 votes.

Parma residents, though, said they aren't worried much about the police department shrinking. The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department has said its officers will cover the community until new officers are hired.

"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."

Parma is in southeast Missouri and has a population of 713 people, according to the 2010 Census. At that time, 67 percent of the community was white and 30 percent black, the Census showed.

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