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Double Resignations in Uvalde: Mayor and Police Chief Step Down amidst Controversial Report on School Shooting Response

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith and Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez have both resigned from their positions, with different reasons. Mayor Smith cited health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues, while Police Chief Rodriguez announced his resignation following a controversial report 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 but 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, effective April 6, following the release of the report that found no wrongdoing by local officers who took over an hour to confront the gunman. Rodriguez, who was on vacation during the shooting, did not mention the incident in his resignation letter and instead stated that it was time for a new chapter in his career.

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 sparked anger among victims’ families and community members. The report has brought increased scrutiny to the actions of local law enforcement during the tragic school shooting.

By Samantha Nguyen

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