Although this should be a joyous time for Tyrus Byrd and the city of Parma, Missouri, it is being overshadowed by the resigning of police officers who aren’t so happy with her becoming the new mayor.
Voters in Parma, Missouri voted in their first African-American female mayor.
Tyrus Byrd will be sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14 at the Parma Community Building.
According to Mayor Randall Ramsey, five out of six police officers resigned this week, effectively immediately.
Mayor Ramsey said the city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.”
Mayor Elect, Tyrus, Byrd, said she was unaware of the situation and plans to ask questions about the “safety concerns” during Tuesday night’s ceremony.
Byrd served as city clerk in the past. She was born and raised in Parma and also does missionary work.
She said her first order of business will be to help clean up the city.
That’s pretty sad that in this day and age we have people who can’t take authority from an African-American woman. They did not even try to give her a chance. I hope she comes in and completely turns the town of Parma around for the better to prove all of her doubters wrong. Congratulations to Ms. Byrd.