After months of controversy City Attorney Larry Long is officially resigning.
Odessa Mayor David Turner read Long’s letter of resignation during a council meeting Tuesday night.
Long says although the sexual harassment allegations against him do play a role in his decision, he’s ready to begin a new career journey after more than thirty years on the job.
“I plan on moving forward,” he says. “I’m going to probably do some private practice. I’m on the board of legal aid of Northwest Texas and I’m going to probably be doing some pro bono work for them.”
With the position left vacant after the new year, City Council will need to begin making plans to find a replacement.
In October Larry Long was accused of sexual harassment by an individual from his workplace.
Council members Filiberto Gonzales and Barbara Graff were among those that reviewed the documented allegations and decided there wasn’t enough evidence to take disciplinary action against Long.
In a previous interview, Gonzales said he believed council members reviewed the evidence they had in front of them thoroughly and made the right decision.
“There’s been enough negativity and everything so I don’t want to go into that, but I do wish to thank the people of Odessa and the prior councils and mayors in addition to this council and mayor that have trusted me with this position,” Long said Wednesday.
Long says although his position comes with a lot of responsibility, he’s confident city council will find the right replacement.