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Parma, MO (Liberty) – Parma, a town of 740 people, elected a black female mayor for the first time in its history. In response to Tyrus Byrd’s election, six of Parma’s eleven employees — including the police chief, city clerk and water department supervisor — have resigned.
Voter turnout on the April 7th election was approximately double what it had been in previous years. 206 people voted, with Byrd prevailing by 37 votes. Considering the volume of voters, the victory margin was significant. Mayor-elect Byrd, a lifetime resident of Parma, would notice upon a trip to the city building to pay a utility bill about a week later, that person was working in the building. It is reported by KFVS, that the three city officials turned in their resignations immediately. 80% of the local police force resigned as well. In their letters to the outgoing mayor, Randall Ramsey, the incumbent who was defeated by Byrd, they cited “safety concerns.”
Tyrus Byrd, the black woman in question and the former city clerk, narrowly beat Ramsey, who held the mayorship for nearly 37 years, and said in a speech that she had no idea what these “safety concerns” were.
The Huffington Post reports:
Some Parma residents say they aren’t worried about safety now that the police force has shrunk. “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.”
Mayor-Elect Byrd started her term in the blind. When she went to her office at City hall she was unable to locate any city records. Particularly the city’s financial statements, the book of ordinances, budget, meeting minutes or any other city documents. She also stated that she was unable to find any of the resignation letters anywhere in the office and stated that all of the computers had been wiped clean. A circumstance that likely could be grounds for a possible investigation considering that the computers contained information about government business.
She would later find out that most of the recent City financial records were in the personal possession of City Treasurer Kim Hampton. Hampton had not resigned and kept the records in a safe at a cotton gin that Hampton runs. Hampton, who has been city treasurer for 24 years performs the majority of the treasurer duties, including responding to public record requests, right from the Mahan Cotton Gin.
Once the Mayor-Elect was finally able to review the latest city account statements she discovered that city employees were allowed to use city credit to purchase personal items. Then the city would deduct the money owed to the city from the employees paychecks on an installment payment plan. Apparently former Mayor Ramsey allowed this due to the failure of the city to offer employees and benefits.
At this time, the City has not hired anyone to fill the vacant positions. Including any new police.
In the meantime, Mayor-Elect Byrd begins the work of trying to rebuild the City’s infrastructure without any help from the prior administration.