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As the town of Parma, Mo. celebrated its first Black female mayor, several officials decided to step down instead, the Huffington Post reports.

Last Tuesday, Tyrus Byrd was officially sworn in as the city’s next mayor, beating incumbent Randall Ramsey. Over 80 percent of Parma officials resigned following Byrd’s induction, including five of the six police officers, the town clerk, attorney, and supervisor of the water treatment.

Byrd didn’t give attention to the resignations, saying she will look into the actions at another time. What Byrd does want to focus on is the state of the town and working out some of its biggest problems.

The small town, which has over 700 residents, didn’t seemed phased by the resignations, while others cited ignorance and possible racism for the move. Ramsey stated the officials listed “safety reasons” for their resignation.

“I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” resident Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people.”

Byrd worked as a city clerk before winning the position as mayor.



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