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Black woman elected mayor, police force resigns

Mayor Tyrus Byrd

Parma, Missouri, is a small town of roughly 713 people. Last week the town swore in Tyrus Byrd as the first Black mayor. The former city clerk beat the incumbent mayor of 37 years in a tight race separated by just 38 votes. But what should have been the start of a fresh and historic new administration has now been met by controversy. The town is approximately 70 percent White and 28 percent Black with an unemployment rate of close to 7.5 percent and is considered 100 percent rural. Last week the small town was rocked by a series of sudden resignations after the mayor was sworn into office.

Apparently the city attorney, city clerk and waste water treatment plant supervisor all resigned. But it did not stop there; the town’s police force of six officers has been decimated by the resignation of five officers. All of the people who resigned turned in letters stating “safety concerns” as the reason for leaving. This is odd since Parma has a very low crime rate. In the past 13 years there has only been one murder and despite a few burglaries and car thefts, the city of Parma is the epitome of a sleepy rural town.

For her part, new Mayor Tyrus Byrd stated last week that she was initially unaware of the situation and the “safety concerns” stated in the resignation letters. Mayor Byrd will issue no further statement at this time on the resignations other than saying she could not locate the letters when she took office. What no one is saying is that all of the people who resigned were White officials and that race may be a factor in the resignations.


  1. djs on April 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    So they didn’t want a black boss….smh !!!

  2. britishrose on April 20, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    LOL THEY DIDNT WANT A HBWIC.. . well now ? ummmmm? shows ya what half this country is faceing racism to the core ., i mean she will do just as good as sarah palin did .. but better watch her get in there and showw them racist how to run a town!! black women are smart savey , sofisticated and very take charge . LOOK AT HARRIET TUBMAN ,,, MADAM CJ WALKER … OPRAH WINFREY AND MANY OTHERS WHO ran hugh companies even .. so this will be a piece of cake go lady mayor show them what ya got

  3. britishrose on April 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm


  4. Interesting on April 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    So, that’s where we’re at in 2015?

    She should just hire ppl to replace the ppl leaving. Shrugs

  5. Benito Carmona on April 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Let all those crackers go, I am available to work.

  6. Benito Carmona on April 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    They must be southern baptists

  7. VLF on April 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Place a statewide or better yet country wide hiring call. This will bring in applicants from all over to relocate to Parma and bring much attention to this matter. Social networking is key. The mayor should put the job descriptions on Rolling Out, Facebook etc. Get some new qualified employees and make a better Parma.

  8. britishrose on April 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

    whats gonna happen is they gonna end up with a complete black team running the city she can hire who she wants lol .. then whites will move out lol .

  9. REALSOUL4 on April 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

    It’s time for a change…their loss, her gain! When those bills come rolling in, they will think about those pay checks. Ignorance is a “KILLER”!!