Ovald School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has resigned from his newly elected seat on City Council. Texas Department of Public Safety officials blame the president for the delay in responding to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.
A few weeks before the school shooting that killed 21 people, Ovaldi voters elected Arredondo to take a seat on city council, Uvalde Leader-News mentioned. In the days following the shooting, officials delayed the swearing-in ceremony.
“After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a City Council member for District 3,” Arredondo said in a written statement. The mayor, city council and city employees must continue to move forward without distraction. I feel this is Ovaldi’s best decision.”
A local newspaper reported that the Uvald Unified Independent School District granted Arredondo administrative leave on June 22. With a salary of $90,750 annually, the president is the highest-paid law enforcement official in Ovaldi County.
“As we continue to mourn the tragedy that occurred on May 24, we are praying for the families concerned and our community,” he added in his statement. “Ovaldi has a rich history of loving and supporting your neighbor and we have to continue to do so. Speaking with other communities that have experienced similar tragedies, the guidance has been the same…Keep supporting families, continuing to support our community and, of course, keeping our faith.”
“As I think about my life, from growing up as a child to adulthood, Ovaldi had a very unique allure,” Arredondo concluded. “At the center of this attraction are the members of our community. Together, we will keep Uvald’s strength alive. Uvald Strong, Ovaldi’s House.”