Police, city officials resign after Missouri town elects 1st African-American mayor

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PARMA, MO (KFVS) –  The first African-American female mayor in Parma, Missouri’s history was sworn in on Tuesday.  Half of the Parma Missouri police department resigned on Wednesday.  Five of the six officers quit immediately and three other city employees also vacated their positions.

KFVS-TV reports that there are no resignation letters and the officer’s computers were cleared. Former Mayor Randall Ramsey said the resignation had to do with “safety concerns.”  The former mayor served for 37 years under two different terms.

Many who live in Parma are not worried about their safety.  The town only has 740 people.  Although there have been some break-ins recently.

Newly elected mayor, Tyrus Byrd, says her first order of business will be to clean up the city.  It is unclear if the officer’s positions will be filled.

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