From IJ review: The city of Parma, Missouri, elected a new mayor for the first time in 37 years. Her welcome package to the job: Over 80% of the town’s police force resigned, effective immediately:
Cops resign after their town elects first black female mayor http://t.co/S42RaOTfim
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 20, 2015
Outgoing Mayor Randall Ramsey told KFVS that, in addition to 5 of the town’s 6 police officers, several local officials also resigned:
“[T]he city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing ‘safety concerns.’”
The alleged “safety concerns” are currently unclear, and newly-elected Mayor Tyrus Byrd, a former city clerk and Parma native, declined to comment on the sudden exodus of city employees.
Byrd also indicated that she never received any official resignation letters:
Business as usual. Newly elected mayor will wait to address the loss of police personnel in the city of Parma pic.twitter.com/OU9OmKWQzX
— Allison Twaits KFVS (@atwaitskfvs) April 14, 2015
According to resident Martha Miller:
“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 by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people?”
Another resident, Terrell Thatch agrees:
“They say we had six cops on the payroll. How can we have six cops and we go days without cops patrolling?”
Mayor Byrd has not made plans to fill the vacant positions, but indicated that she’ll use the opportunity to help clean up the city.