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State and city officials, community leaders, friends and family filled the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court meeting to honor the service and legacy of Precinct 2 Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios. One by one, officials and community members stepped up to the podium to show their gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the four term Commissioner.
State Rep. Mando Martinez read a state proclamation congratulating Commissioner Palacios on his 16 years of service to the county and awarded him with a U.S. flag, which previously flew over the State Capitol. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, who's city falls within the boundaries of Precinct 2, praised Commissioner Palacios for the work he has done to improve the community and declared December 16, 2014 as "Hector 'Tito" Palacios Day." San Juan Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, who's city is also in Precinct 2, expressed her sincere thanks for the long standing collaboration with Commissioner Palacios' office, which brought several road and drainage improvement projects to her city.
Working with community partners to improve the lives of residents in the colonias was always a top priority for Commissioner Palacios and several organization came out to bid farewell to the commissioner. Teresa Barrera from La Unión Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) personally thanked the commissioner for all of the work his office performed at the El Jay colonia in Alamo. Ms. Barrera and more than two dozen LUPE supporters awarded Commissioner Palacios with a plaque for his outstanding service. Ramona Casas and a dozen supporters with the community group ARISE (A Resource In Serving Equality) bestowed upon Commissioner Palacios a plaque of appreciation for his continued support of their organizations efforts to empower women and their families. Representatives from Projecto Azteca, an organization dedicated to providing homes for colonia residents, also presented Commissioner Palacios with a plaque for his work throughout the years.
Many of Commissioner Palacios' family members were in the audience to show their respect and admiration, including his son Judge Jay Palacios, who congratulated his father for his long and illustrious career in civil service to the community, which spans five decades.
In the end, Commissioner Palacios graciously thanked his family, friends, the community and the Commissioners Court, for their continue support throughout his tenure. Although he is finishing his career with the county, he stated that community service will always be a part of his life.
"I will continue to serve the community in anyway I can," said Commissioner Palacios. "Les doy las gracias a todos."
On behalf of the Commissioners Court, we thank you Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios for your integrity, dedication, and commitment to the citizens of Hidalgo County!