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Shocking Departures: Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith and Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez Resign amid Criticism

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Uvalde Mayor Steps Down Due to Health Concerns Following Controversial Report on 2022 School Shooting, Reports NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez announced his resignation, effective April 6, after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the delayed response to the Robb Elementary School shooting. This news comes at a crucial time for the small Texas city, as Mayor Cody Smith also announced his immediate resignation on Monday, citing health issues as the reason for his departure.

In his statement, Smith expressed his 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 May 2022 school shooting incident, 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 was postponed last week due to concerns about Mayor Smith’s health issues. 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 the city of Uvalde during a challenging period. It is unclear who will take over as mayor and police chief but will undoubtedly impact how the city responds to ongoing challenges related to safety and security.

By Samantha Jones

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