Huge Group of City Employees Quit After Black Woman Elected Mayor -- Good Riddance!

And now in news you never thought you'd hear in 2015 ... 80 percent of Parma, Missouri's police force quit after the town elected its first black, female mayor. Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor on Tuesday evening, April 14.

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Her predecessor, Randall Ramsey, confirmed that five out of the city's six police officers resigned last week, effective immediately. In addition to those five, the city's attorney, the clerk, and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also quit. The employees reportedly cited "safety concerns" in their resignation letters, but those letters can no longer be found.

Ramsey had served as Parma's mayor for 37 years, so it's unclear if the city employees quit specifically because he was replaced by a black woman, or just because he was replaced at all. But you have to admit, it doesn't look good.

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Regardless, residents aren't concerned for their safety, and even believe they were tremendously over-staffed for such a small population.

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

I agree with Ms. Miller -- it seems like a dirty move to me too. It's hard to imagine that there would be people so petty and possibly sexist and/or racist that they'd up and quit when a black woman obtains a position of leadership, but that seems to be what happened.

Byrd won by 37 votes, and says she looks forward to getting things in order for the town. She's was born and raised in Parma, and has served as the city clerk in the past. She's also done missionary work, so this lady obviously has a heart for service.

It's too bad those employees quit, but at the end of the day, they may have done her a favor. If they'd stayed, they might have spent their days making her job a nightmare.

Do you think these officials quit because they didn't want to serve under a black, female mayor?

 

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