Uvalde’s mayor announces resignation, nearly a month after police chief’s resignation announcement

FILE - Flowers and candles are placed around crosses on May 28, 2022, at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, to honor the victims killed in the school shooting. A Texas prosecutor said a criminal investigation into police failures during the Uvalde school shooting will continue into 2024, pushing back expectations that a grand jury would convene before the end of the year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Jae C. Hong, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith has announced he will be stepping down to focus on his health after what he says are unexpected medical issues he has been experiencing.

Recommended Videos

“I want to thank members of the Uvalde community for their thoughts and prayers during my ongoing recovery from unexpected medical issues I have experienced in recent weeks,” Smith said in the announcement. “After much consultation and prayer, I have decided to resign as Mayor of the City of Uvalde to focus on my health. It has been a great honor to serve the city and community I love, and I have great confidence that Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora will serve with honor until the next mayor is elected on November 5, 2024.”

Smith’s announcement comes almost a month after Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez submitted his resignation on March 12.

Rodriguez submitted his resignation less than a week after a report ordered by the city defended the police department’s response to the attack at Robb Elementary School, but outraged some family members of the 19 children and two teachers who were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

About the Author

Christian Terry covered digital news in Tyler and Wichita Falls before returning to the Houston area where he grew up. He is passionate about weather and the outdoors and often spends his days off on the water fishing.

Recommended Videos