Councilman Cruz Shaw Announces Resignation, But He Isn't Going Far

District 2 Councilman William Cruz Shaw - City of San Antonio
City of San Antonio
District 2 Councilman William Cruz Shaw
Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw will step down from his seat on city council to become a judge.

According to a press release from the City, Shaw will vacate his District 2 seat effective Monday, January 7. He was elected in June 2017 following a run-off against incumbent Alan Warrick.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of District 2 and collaborate with the staff at the City of San Antonio," Shaw said in a statement. "I want to make clear to the people in District 2 that there will be no interruption in services and council staff will continue to address all constituent concerns."

In April, Shaw announced his intent to run for re-election next May. His comments came amid rumors that he was frustrated with City Hall and wanting out from council. At the time, Salena Santibáñez, who owns a construction consulting firm and lives on East Houston Street near the AT&T Center, was considering a run for Shaw's seat.

Shaw is leaving his post to serve as an associate judge in the 436th Judicial District Court, focusing on juvenile justice. As for the District 2 seat, the City will select a replacement.

In a press statement, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Shaw had served his district and the city well.

"Cruz is a no-nonsense leader who will be missed at City Hall," Nirenberg said. "His quick wit and incisive analysis of the issues has been a tremendous asset."

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