Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police chief Pete Arredondo resigned from his role in the city council Saturday after receiving a wave of backlash over the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.
The school police chief first announced his resignation to Uvalde Leader-News, a local outlet, before making it official in a letter sent to the council. He said he is stepping down in order to “minimize further distractions” in the aftermath of the school shooting.
“As we continue to grieve over the tragedy that occurred on May 24th, we pray for the families involved and our community,” his resignation letter said. “Uvalde has a rich history of loving and supporting thy neighbor and we must continue to do so. In speaking with other communities that have had similar tragedies, the guidance has been the same—continue to support the families, continue to support our community, and definitely, to keep our faith.”
“As I think about my life, from growing up as a child and to adulthood, Uvalde has held an attraction that is very unique. At the center of that attraction, is our community members. Together, we will keep Uvalde strong. Uvalde strong, Uvalde home,” the letter continued. “Lastly, after much consideration, it is in the best interest of the community to step down as a member of the City Council for District 3 to minimize further distractions.”
The City of Uvalde released a statement calling the resignation “the right thing to do” after receiving word that Arredondo intended to resign.
“The City received information from the local paper this morning, the Uvalde Leader News, that Councilman Pete Arredondo indicated he intends to resign from the City of Uvalde City Council,” the statement said. “While it is the right thing to do, no one from the City has seen a letter or any other documentation of his resignation, or spoken with him.”
Arredondo’s resignation came after the council rejected his request June 21 for an extended leave of absence, Uvalde Leader-News reported. He was elected to the District 3 council position on May 7 and sworn in May 31.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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