“The Mayor, the City Council, and the City Staff must continue to move forward to unite our community, once 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.
In a hearing before the Texas Senate last month, Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steven McCraw called the law enforcement response to the attack an “abject failure” and placed the blame on Arredondo.
“Three minutes after the subject entered the West building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject,” McCraw said at the time. “The only thing stopping the hallway of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.”
In Tuesday’s city council meeting, there was applause heard from off-camera audience members after city leaders passed the motion to accept Arredondo’s resignation.