- Ali Bradley
Uvalde CSID Chief tells local paper he's resigning from city council--Lags on informing city
Updated: Jul 3, 2022
Embattled Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department Chief Pete Arredondo told the The Uvalde Leader-News he is resigning from the Uvalde City Council. However, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin says Chief Arredondo did not inform the city of his decision to resign, "Unfortunately he has told the paper he is resigning but we don't have it in writing or from him yet."
Roughly an hour later, Arredondo submitted his formal resignation to the city, "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."
Arredondo was elected to the District 3 council position May 7th. He was sworn into the role on May 31st in a closed-door ceremony days after the May 24th mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 19 students and 2 teachers were killed.
DPS Director McCraw says UCISD Chief Arredondo made the decision to transition from an active shooter to a barricaded subject response while students were still alive in the classrooms. Officers waited in the hallway while Arredondo reportedly waited for a key to open the classroom door where the 18-year-old gunman had barricaded himself.
Many Uvalde community members called for Arredondo to step down from the city council. They are also calling for him to resign as UCISD Chief. Superintendent Hal Harrell says Arredondo was placed on administrative leave June 22nd. Harrell says LT. Mike Hernandez is acting UCSID chief of police while Arredondo is on leave.