April 20, 2024 12:59 am
Uvalde Mayor Steps Down Due to Health Concerns Following Controversial Report on 2022 School Shooting, Reports NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith has announced his immediate resignation due to health issues, citing the support of the community as he recovers. This news comes at a crucial time for the small Texas city, where Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez is also expected to leave this week, two years after a deadly school shooting incident.

In his statement, Smith expressed gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his recovery from unexpected health problems. However, he did not provide specific details about his condition. The decision to step down follows an independent report commissioned by the city that praised local officers for their response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in May 2022, where 21 people lost their lives.

The Uvalde City Council had planned to discuss the report in a private session during their meeting on Tuesday, but this was postponed last week due to concerns about the mayor’s health issues. Police Chief Rodriguez had also recently announced his resignation, effective April 6, after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the delayed response to the school shooting. Rodriguez stated that it was time for a new chapter in his career.

The controversial report was conducted by private investigator Jesse Prado and cost the city $97,000. Prado presented the findings at a special city council meeting, resulting in strong reactions from families of victims and other members of the community. The departures of Mayor Smith and Police Chief Rodriguez mark a significant change in leadership for Uvalde during a challenging period.

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