Not only did five of the six police officers resign from the Parma, MO when Tyrus Byrd took office last week, so did the city attorney, the supervisor of the water treatment program and the city clerk.
Byrd, who held office as a a city council member before winning the election, will have to figure out a solution, according to Refinery29. The letters of resignation stated the reasons for the en masse exit were “safety concerns,” according to according to local news station KFVS.
No specifics on those safety concerns were presented, so it remains unclear what danger the former Parma employees feel is present as the black female mayor takes office. Making the action taken by the former city employees look even more dubious, they erased everything off their computers before leaving and the letters of resignation were initially nowhere to be found the first day Byrd took office.
For her part, Byrd states that she is still going to get the city cleaned up. Byrd beat former Mayor Randall Ramsey, a man that held the office for almost four decades previous to Byrd winning. The results show that Byrd won by only 40 votes.
A local named Martha Miller says she isn’t worried, “I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people.”