Mayor of Uvalde Steps Down Due to Health Concerns

Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith has announced his resignation, citing health concerns and the need to focus on his recovery from recent unexpected health issues. The resignation of Mayor Smith coincided with the expected departure of Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez, 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.

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.

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, 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.

By Aiden Johnson

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