Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez has announced his resignation, coinciding with the sudden departure of Mayor Cody Smith. Rodriguez’s resignation comes after a controversial city-commissioned report that defended the actions of local law enforcement during the response to the 2022 fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School.

In a statement released Monday, Mayor Smith thanked the Uvalde community for its support but did not provide any additional details about his health issues. The City Council had planned to meet Tuesday in private session to consider the report, but it was postponed due to concerns about the mayor’s health.

Rodriguez previously announced his resignation, effective April 6, following the release of a report that found no wrongdoing by local officers who took more than an hour to confront the gunman. Rodriguez, who was on vacation at the time of the shooting, did not mention the incident in his resignation letter and instead said it was time for a new chapter in his career.

The independent investigation was led by private investigator Jesse Prado, who was paid $97,000 for his work. When Prado presented the findings to the city council at a special meeting, it sparked outrage among victims’ families and community members. The report increased scrutiny of the actions of local law enforcement agencies during the tragic school shooting.

By Samantha Johnson

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