The Uvalde, Texas City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Pedro “Pete” Arredondo on Tuesday.
Arredondo, who is the police chief for the Uvalde school district, said in his resignation letter earlier this month that he was stepping down as city council to “minimize additional distractions.”
“The mayor, city council and city staff must keep moving forward to unite our community again,” Arredondo said. In response, the city said his resignation was the “right thing to do”.
Arredondo’s attorney did not respond to CNN’s previous request for comment following his resignation letter.
The district police chief had previously been identified by state authorities as the on-scene commander during the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School. His role in the failed police response to the shooting – in which 19 students and two teachers were killed – was the subject of intense public scrutiny and criticism. Last month, he was furloughed by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
“Due to the remaining lack of clarity and the unknown timing at which I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective this date,” Superintendent Hal Harrell wrote in the June announcement. to the media.
Arredondo told the Texas Tribune in June that he did not consider himself the incident commander and assumed another official had taken control of the broader response.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, off-camera members of the public cheered after city leaders passed the motion accepting Arredondo’s resignation.