The majority of the police force and several officials have resigned from their positions after the town of Parma, MO elected their first black mayor. Tyrus Byrd who is the former city clerk was sworn in last week.
Residents of a tiny Missouri city say they have no idea why five of their six police officers and several other top officials resigned after their first black mayor was elected.
Tyrus Byrd, 40, was sworn into office in Parma last week, but her election victory was overshadowed by the departure of the majority of the police force, the city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor.
The officials all cited ‘safety concerns’ in their resignation letters, the outgoing mayor says.
There are 713 people living in the community and, according to the US Census Bureau, 57percent are white and 41percent are black.
Mrs Byrd, who was sworn in on Wednesday, told the Daily Mail Online on Sunday that she is still not sure why the city employees quit.
Her father, former city board member Simon Wofford, insists his daughter has a good relationship with the police department.
KFVS-TV broke the story last week. Citizens rallied to Mrs Bryd’s side, saying that the town didn’t even need as many officers as it had.
‘I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance, but I don’t think they hurt the town with quitting because who needs six police for 740 people?’ resident Martha Miller told KFVS.
What is this, fear of a black woman?