There were only six police officers in Parma, Missouri and after the small town voted in their first African-American female mayor, five of them resigned. That’s not all, though – the city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.”
“I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” resident Martha Miller told local news station KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people.”
Mayor Tyrus Byrd was was born and raised in Parma and has worked as a city clerk and missionary. She has refused comment about the resignations but says she will look into the “safety concerns” and added that her first order of business is cleaning up the city.