Another Missouri Police Force Has Press Problems

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Parma, Missouri is a sleepy little town. It probably includes a feed mill, one stop light, and a group of dancing high school “outlaws” to compliment its 700-plus residents. Or maybe that’s another place.

Thanks to this report from KFVS-12 (CBS, Paducah-Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg-Mt Vernon), we learned from outgoing Parma Mayor Randall Ramsey that five out of six police officers resigned, effectively immediately.

For context, Ramsey’s heir-apparent, Tyrus Byrd, happens to be the city’s first-ever elected African-American Mayor. From resident Martha Miller:

“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?”

80% of the town’s civil servants quit because a new mayor got elected to office. The specifics remain vague:

Mayor Ramsey said the city’s attorney, the clerk and the waste water treatment plant supervisor also turned in resignation letters citing “safety concerns.”

According to the story, Mayor Ramsey served the city of Parma for 37 years “during two different terms.”

Some folks have a hard time with change. We all know this, but sometimes we need reminders as to how deeply the sentiment can run.