Council approves Medina request for unpaid leave

Published: Mar. 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM CDT
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City Attorney Sam Medina
City Attorney Sam Medina

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council voted to put City Attorney Sam Medina on temporary unpaid administrative leave as authorities conduct their investigation into sexual assault allegations made against him.

The vote passed 6-0, with Latrelle Joy recusing herself because of her involvement in Erik Medina's divorce case.

Medina himself requested the change.

"I got an email from Mr. Medina the day before yesterday requesting that we change it from paid to unpaid leave. He stated in the email that he did not feel like it was fair to the citizens of Lubbock for him to be paid while he was not working," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson. "The facts changed a little bit but the main thing is Sam Medina realized that this would be a burden on our tax payers and he voluntarily requested the change and I think council agreed with him."

The mayor expects Medina's case to last a while and because it is constantly changing he wanted to make sure the council had every opportunity to take action.

"We realize this is a very fluid situation. Facts are going to change daily so if we get new facts on Wednesday afternoon we didn't want to have to wait two more weeks for a special called meeting or the next regular meeting so we just felt like it was prudent. Let's have it on the agenda at every meeting until it it's completely resolved to give ourselves every opportunity," he said.

The vote to move the Goedeke Library passed 7-0. The city plans to take possession of the old Luskey's building in March and could move in as early as late summer.

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