Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith announced his immediate resignation Monday, citing health issues as the reason for his departure. The news comes at a crucial time for the small Texas town, as its police chief is also expected to leave this week, two years after the deadly incident at the school.

The controversial report done by private investigator Jesse Prado was presented at a special meeting of the city council, which resulted in strong reactions from the victims’ families and other community members. The departures of Mayor Smith and Police Chief Rodriguez mark a significant change in leadership for the city of Uvalde during a challenging period.

In his statement, Smith expressed his gratitude to the Uvalde community for their support during his recovery from unexpected health issues. However, he did not provide specific details about his condition. The decision to withdraw follows an independent report commissioned by the city that praised local officials for their response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in May 2022, in which 21 people lost their lives.

The Uvalde City Council had planned to discuss the report in private session during its meeting Tuesday, but that was postponed last week due to concerns about the mayor’s health issues. Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez also recently announced his resignation, effective April 6, after being cleared of any wrongdoing in the delayed response to the school shooting. Rodriguez, who was on vacation during the incident, said it was time for a new chapter in his career.

By Samantha Johnson

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