LUBBOCK, TEXAS–City Attorney Sam Medina submitted his resignation letter to Mayor Glen Robertson Friday. Hired in 2009, Medina has been battling accusations that he raped his soon-to-be ex-daughter-in-law over a time period of several years.
According to Lubbock radio station KFYO, Sam Medina wrote that for the good of the City and himself it was time to move on.
Dear Mayor and Council,
As the city attorney, 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. These distractions are unfair to you, to the citizens and to my family. After much prayer and consideration, 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 effective at your next meeting. 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 beloved Lubbock.
I have been presented with several opportunities that will allow me to support my family. I owe it to them to accept one of those opportunities.
I thank you and previous Councils for the support you have shown me, even to this day. I also thank the citizens for the support they have shown me in having allowed me to publicly serve them for almost 20 years. I will continue to do everything I can to help my community. We live in a great city and I know you will continue to do everything you can to keep it that way. You will always have my support in that endeavor.
The Lubbock Police Department is currently investigating the accusations while Potter County District Attorney Randall Simms has been brought on to handle the investigation. No charges have been filed as of now.
The story has shocked many Lubbock residents who have claimed only positive experiences with the Medina family. Lubbock City Councilman Jim Gerlt told a local newspaper that he was not surprised by Medina’s resignation and that he knows Medina to be a man of integrity.
The Lubbock City Council will meet on Thursday, March 13 to likely accept Medina’s resignation. The question remains if Medina’s replacement will be internally promoted or if the City Council will perform an open search. Mitchell Satterwhite has served as the interim city attorney and was approved a pay increase at the previous city council meeting.
Chad Hasty is the host of the Chad Hasty Show on KFYO-AM Lubbock. Follow Chad on Twitter @ChadyHastyRadio