Weaver Says Lubbock City Attorney Not a Policy Maker: Raw Video Included

Published 05/08 2014 03:30PM

Updated 05/08 2014 03:33PM

By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- Incoming City Attorney Chad Weaver revealed his philosophy Thursday as he takes the reins as city hall’s top lawyer. The City Council chose Weaver on April 30 as the “sole finalist” to replace Sam Medina.

“I feel very strongly that the City Attorney does not make policy and should not be the policy maker,” Weaver said. He also said in an interview for EverythingLubbock.com that the City Council members are the policy makers and his office provides legal support.

“My main focus will be the City Council, the City Manager and his staff; and trying to keep my eye on the big picture while providing quality legal services to support those efforts,” Weaver said.

Weaver has been an Assistant City Attorney in both Lubbock and Midland.

“I had a pretty good mentor there in Midland when I was there. The same City Attorney there now was the same City Attorney when I was there during my 13 years,” Weaver said. “He mentored me when I first began working in municipal law. So, he was a great example for me.”

“I have been doing this for 23 years total – municipal law. So, I’ve got a lot of experience.”

Weaver said he wants to be accessible to the media and he wants release open records as quickly as the requirements of the Texas Open Records Act will allow.

“I enjoy Lubbock,” Weaver said. “I enjoy municipal government. It’s interesting, challenging.”

Weaver also said, “I’m honored and I’m humbled to have the opportunity. I’m grateful to the council for choosing me.”

Click on the video link associated with this story to see approximately 10 minutes of Weaver’s interview.

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