80% of the Parma country police force and several officials have resigned after the small town elected its first African American woman as mayor.
Tyrus Byrd, a former city clerk, was officially sworn in as mayor on Tuesday after winning against component Randall Ramsey. Ramsey had served as mayor of Parma for 37 years under two terms.
Ramsey stated that five of the city’s six police officers submitted their resignation, citing “safety concerns.” following Byrd’s election win. Parma’s city attorney, clerk and water treatment supervisor also quit.
At her swearing in ceremony, Byrd said that she is looking to getting things in order for the city.