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City council accepts Medina resignation, Atmos rate increase

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council approved a 3% Atmos rate increase on Thursday night.

That amounts to $2.82 a month according to Atmos Manager of Public Affairs Marinda Heinrich. The initial request was made in October of 2013.

There will be a second reading on March 27. The increase will officially go into effect on April 1.

The rate increased passed 7-0.

"We've been negotiating back and forth with lawyers and consultants and finally reached an agreement that we're not happy with, but we feel like we're saving the citizens, the taxpayers of Lubbock, a lot of money over what would happen if this case went further," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

They also formally accepted the resignation of City Attorney Sam Medina. That motion passed 6-0, with Latrelle Joy recusing herself because of her work for Erik Medina.

Medina resigned last week after being on administrative leave from the city for nearly two months. The search now begins for his replacement.

"We'll accept resumes for a two-week period at which time we've asked HR to bring us in the top three to five candidates. We'll go through those resumes and decide who we want to interview and hopefully get through this process fairly quickly," Mayor Robertson said.

The position will be officially posted on Saturday.

The move came after Medina's soon to be ex-daughter-in-law accused him of sexual assault in the midst of a bitter custody battle with Medina's son, Erik.

The controversy began back in January when Medina asked to be placed on administrative leave following the allegations. At the time, Medina repeatedly denied the accusations.

"Some of these accusations are about me, these accusations are absolutely false," Medina said.

Medina requested to go on paid leave because he said he didn't want the city to be involved in a messy divorce.

"In order to avoid any potential distractions for our city government, I believe it is in the best interest of the city that they place me on temporary administrative leave," Medina said.

No criminal charges were ever filed, but the police turned their investigation over to the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office, who assigned a special prosecutor to the case.

Exactly one month later, the city council voted to place Medina on unpaid administrative leave, also at his request.

A week later, the focus turned to Medina's son Erik when Lubbock Police searched his home.

The warrant says police seized several prescriptions, mostly antibiotics, from Erik's home.

Police were looking for any drugs that were not legally obtained and investigating whether Erik was practicing medicine without a license.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Last week, Sam Medina turned in his resignation to Mayor Glen Robertson.

In his letter, Medina said:

"These distractions are unfair to you, to the citizens and to my family. After much prayer and consideration, I believe it is time to move into the next stage of my work life."

Mayor Robertson said at the time he wished Medina well.

"My thoughts are, I like Sam personally and I am going to miss him. Sam was a good employee for the city of Lubbock and he will be missed. But, I do understand things change and it's time for him to go. Hopefully, we will deal with his family and get on with his life," Robertson said.

Medina became city attorney in 2009. Before that, he served as a judge for 15 years.

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