As the town of Parma, Mo. celebrated its first Black female mayor, several officials decided to step down instead, the Huffington Post reports.

It all went down last Tuesday, in this very small town of about 700 residents when Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as the city's new mayor. It was business as usual for most but some seemed bothered by the election and reacted emotionally by walking off their jobs. Some cited racism and ignorance for the negative behavior!

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.

Byrd held the position of city clerk before becoming the first black/female mayor.

Here's what some of the residents had to say: