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 and Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez Resign due to Health Issues and Report Criticism

In a stunning announcement on Monday, Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith announced his immediate resignation due to health issues. The news comes at a pivotal time for the small Texas city, as Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez is also expected to leave this week, two years after the deadly Robb Elementary School shooting incident.

Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his recovery from unexpected health problems in his statement. However, he did not provide any 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, 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 Smith’s health issues. 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 and was on vacation during the incident.

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 the families of the 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 when recovering from such a tragic event is already difficult enough.

In conclusion, this news marks an important moment for Uvalde as they navigate through this challenging period with new leadership changes. It remains to be seen what impact these changes will have on healing and recovery efforts within this community moving forward.

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