Parma residents react to loss of police officers

Published: Apr. 15, 2015 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM CDT
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(Source: Allison Twaits)
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PARMA, MO (KFVS) - Residents in Parma, Missouri reacted on Wednesday after learning more than half of their police department resigned.

The loss in force comes as the newly elected mayor is sworn in.

Of the six officers, two full-time and three part-time stepped down.

Some say they're not worried about their safety and it wasn't necessary to have that many on staff for a city the size of Parma.

Some say they're relieved about the situation and that Parma doesn't have that many problems in town to require so many officers.

"I think it was pretty dirty the way they all quit without giving her a chance, but I don't think they hurt the town with quitting because who needs six police for 740 people?" said Martha Miller of Parma.

As for why the police and two city employees resigned, Mayor Tyrus Byrd is still trying to figure that out.

The resignation letter could not be found, according to Mayor Byrd.

"They say we have six cops on the payroll. How can we have six cops and we go days without cops patrolling and we have these recent break-ins?" asked one Parma resident.

Former Mayor Randall Ramsey said it had to do with "safety concerns."

Mayor Tyrus Byrd began her first day in office with a clean slate. Literally.

Mayor Byrd said the resignation letters cannot be found and that the computers were cleared.

"We needed somebody young and energetic to help our town and that is what we need," said one Parma resident.

She said she is receiving outside help from other communities and folks are reaching out to help their town rebound.

Some residents agree the city needs it.

"Just ready to get the town back to the way it was, back to the flow of business," said another Parma resident.

The mayor said her experience as city clerk years ago will help.

As for when the vacant positions will be filled, it's unclear at this time.

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