Voters in Parma, Missouri voted in their first African-American female mayor.
Tyrus Byrd will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14, at the Parma Community Building.
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.