Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

The city of Uvalde was hit with a double blow on Monday when both Mayor Cody Smith and Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez resigned. Mayor Smith cited health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues as his reason for resignation. Meanwhile, Police Chief Rodriguez announced his departure, effective April 6, following a controversial report commissioned by the city that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the response to the deadly 2022 Robb Elementary School shooting.

In a statement released on Monday, Mayor Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support and did not provide any further details about his health issues. The city council was scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the report in a private session, but the meeting was postponed due to concerns for the mayor’s health.

Police Chief Rodriguez had previously announced his resignation, citing it was time for a new chapter in his career. However, the release of a report that found no wrongdoing by local officers who took over an hour to confront the gunman sparked anger among victims’ families and community members. This brought increased scrutiny to the actions of local law enforcement during the tragic school shooting.

The independent investigation was conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado, who was paid $97,000 for his work. When Prado presented the findings to the city council in a special meeting, it led to heated exchanges between him and members of both communities leading to more tension in this already tense situation.

By Samantha Johnson

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