Sam Medina Resigns From City Hall

Published 03/07 2014 03:59PM

Updated 03/08 2014 06:35PM

By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- Mayor Glen Robertson announced Friday afternoon that City Attorney Sam Medina resigned from the City of Lubbock. The resignation is effective March 13.

Medina was accused of sexual assault by his estranged daughter-in-law. Medina denied the allegations in mid-January – saying they were inspired by a bitter divorce. Medina was at first on paid leave when the allegations became public. Later it was unpaid leave.

Lubbock police investigated the sexual assault claim and in February turned over their work to the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney. The Lubbock CDA turned over the case to Potter County District Attorney Randal Sims to act as a special prosecutor.

Sims obtained a search warrant of two homes – not based upon allegations against Sam Medina but his son Erik. It was later reported that the warrants accused Erik of practicing medicine without a license.

No charges have been filed against Sam Medina.

In his resignation letter Medina told the mayor and members of the City Council, “I know you are facing some challenges in your efforts to provide the highest and best quality of life for the citizens.”

“You do not need any added distractions,” Medina wrote. “After much prayer and considerations, I believe it is time for me to move into the next stage of my work life.”

“Therefore, please accept my resignation as your city attorney effect at your next meeting,” Medina said. “I do this of my own free will and with a grateful heart because of the privilege I have had in serving the wonderful citizens of my believed Lubbock.”

Medina said he has other opportunities to support his family, and he needs to accept them.

Mayor Glen Robertson said he felt this was a decision that did not come easy to Medina. "It had to be a tough decision, he loved this job and he loves this city," Robertson said

"Sam will be missed, both professionally and personally, but we got to the point where he felt like it was in his family's best interest, and in the city's best interest, that it was time to go," Robertson said.

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