Uvalde school district hires new interim police chief

Josh Gutierrez, who has a background in law enforcement and education, was hired to be the Uvalde school district's interim police chief on Wednesday.

Nearly six months after the Robb Elementary School shooting, which left 19 children and two educators dead, the Uvalde school board approved Josh Gutierrez to be the interim chief of the district’s police department .

Gutierrez worked for almost two decades with Gary Patterson, the new interim superintendent in Texas, across two school districts.

Patterson stated that his eyes were open to scrutiny by the district police department. He also said that he was fully aware of the need to be careful to ensure the correct steps are taken. “I wouldn’t recommend Josh for this job if Josh didn’t believe.”

A woman visits Robb Elementary School, Uvalde Texas to pay her respects. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

Patterson stated that Guttierez is both a law enforcement officer as well as an educator. He has also chaired a school safety commission and been the emergency management coordinator for other school districts.

After months of criticisms of the law enforcement response, the Uvalde school board fired Peter Arredondo the former chief of district police.


After it became clear that she was being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety over her actions during the shooting, the school district fired Crimson Elizondo on Oct. 6.

On Oct. 7, the board decided to suspend the entire police force of the school district, reassessing how they were hiring officers.

Students hold hands when they arrive at Uvalde Elementary. Now, the fence and Texas State Troopers protect them from any potential threats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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A new $40 million building with 39 classrooms was approved by the Uvalde school board to replace Robb Elementary School.

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