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The mayor of Uvalde announces his resignation

2024-04-04T22:00:27+00:00
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  • Uvalde mayor resigns.
  • Cody Smith confirmed the news with a brief statement
  • This comes after a controversial report about the shooting.

The repercussions of the tragic shooting continue! Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith has announced his resignation.

This coincides with the upcoming departure of the city’s police chief, who announced his retirement with a short press release.

Both decisions come against the backdrop of an independent report into the tragic school shooting in 2022, which left 21 dead.

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Uvalde mayor resigns

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The mayor of Uvalde, Cody Smith, has resigned effective immediately, according to the short press release presented by his office.

Smith ended up leaving his position the same week that the small Texas city’s police chief, Daniel Rodríguez, is expected to leave.

This comes two years after one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, according to The Associated Press.

Given this news, the city is going through difficulties regarding administrative positions and they will have to find replacements quickly.

Why did Mayor Cody Smith resign?

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Smith said in a statement Monday that he needed to focus on his health. He recently missed a meeting with various city officials.

He also thanked the Uvalde community for their support during his ongoing recovery from recent «unexpected health issues.» He did not give further details.

The decision comes weeks after an independent report commissioned by the city defended the actions of local officers.

It examined the response of nearly 400 local, state and federal law enforcement officers to the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School, which left 21 people dead.

What will happen in Uvalde?

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Uvalde City Council members will meet Tuesday afternoon and could discuss the report in a closed session.

Last week, the meeting was postponed with officials citing concerns for the mayor’s health in a Facebook post.

Smith’s announcement comes after Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez recently announced that he will step down as of April 6.

The municipal report concluded that the local officers who waited more than an hour to confront the teenager armed with an AR-15 rifle did not commit a crime.

Why did Rodríguez resign?

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Rodríguez, who was on vacation during the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary stated in his resignation letter that it was time for a new chapter in his life.

He made no reference to the shooting, according to The Associated Press. At the moment, it is unknown who his successor will be or if there is a candidate in mind.

The controversial report was written by private investigator Jesse Prado, an Austin-based official and former police detective.

Last month, Prado presented the report’s findings at a special city council meeting, drawing the ire of families of victims and community members.

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