Sam Medina Resignation Accepted as Search for New Candidate Begins

Published 03/13 2014 11:48PM

Updated 03/14 2014 12:04AM

By Anne Parker

The search is officially on, after Thursday night's City Council meeting to fill the job, formerly held by Sam Medina.

Medina resigned as City Attorney last week, it was made official Thursday and Council accepted his resignation in open session. 

He resigned because of the investigation, involving sexual assault allegations by his ex-daughter-in-law. 

"The allegations are very, very serious, but we have to remember that's all they are is allegations," says Lubbock's Mayor Glen Robertson. "But several lives have been ruined over this, so it's just been a hard deal for everybody."

Mayor Robertson says after all the drama surrounding Medina's investigation, the council is ready to move on.

In executive session Thursday afternoon, Lubbock's City Council met to decide the next step for choosing a new City Attorney, and if they want to open the job to the public, or hire internally.

"I think this is a process we need to get done, hire somebody and go about our business," says Mayor Robertson.

City Attorney is one of the three employees that reports directly to the City Council.

"Not only is the City Attorney responsible for making sure the city is doing everything right contractualy, but their also there to advise us on personeel matters, to advise us on litigation,' Mayor Robertson said. "They also have to be very knowledegable about not only municpal law but state of Texas law. They have to know open records, open meetings."  

Mayor Robertson says finding the right person is a top priority.  

"It is a high profile extremely important office. It's a job everybody takes very seriously and we will be looking very hard for the right candidate." 

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