Matt Powell, Lubbock County’s Criminal District Attorney for 13 years, will be taking on the role of Midland ISD’s general counsel in November.
Powell will start his new job on Nov. 5 - a day before Lubbock County Voters will decide on his replacement, with the long-time DA opting against seeking a fourth full term.
His first assistant district attorney, Sunshine Stanek, is running unopposed as a Republican in the general election for District Attorney in the Nov. 6 mid-term election.
Powell started working as a prosecutor in 1993. Two years later he joined the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office and was appointed as district attorney by Gov. Rick Perry in 2005. He was elected to the post the next year and ran unopposed for a third term in 2014.
In 2012, Powell received the prosecutor of the year award from the State Bar of Texas.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Powell,” said Rick Davis, the Midland ISD School Board of Trustees president. “He will be critical in advising the district on legal and regulatory issues impacting our students, staff and district, and he will likely be key in supporting the School Board with our Lone Star Governance Board.”
Powell, whose legal career has mainly focused on criminal law, told A-J Media he looks forward to the challenges his new job will present.
“(The new job) allows me to do a lot of the things that I enjoy: Dealing with lots of people ... I like being around a lot of people,” he said. “I like to hopefully have the ability to continue to help people.”
He said he also looks forward to being in a youthful environment.
“Being in an environment with lots of kids - that just keeps you young,” he said. “We’re shaping the future leaders of our part of the world."