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Posted on: June 16, 2016


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The court was heavy with emotion today as commissioners and County Judge Garcia bid farewell to Precinct 4 Chief Administrator Jesus "Jesse" M. Ozuna, whose work and commitment to the county will have long-lasting effects.

Ozuna joined the county on July 16, 2012 and Commissioner Joseph Palacios presented him with a service award with a commemorative coin for each year of service.

Ozuna graduated in 2003 from Edinburg North High School and from Texas A&M University at College Station in 2006 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership & Development. His first position after college graduation was working for Texas Representative Armando Martinez as a Legislative Aide during the 80th Legislative session and later served as a Director of Constituent Services during the 82nd Legislative Session.

Ozuna has held various professional titles from political servant to high school social studies teacher for Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District for three years.

In 2012, he became a part of Hidalgo County Precinct 4 as a Right of Way Agent where he excelled and was given the opportunity to serve as Chief Administrator in 2015.

"Jesse has served with respect to order, integrity and honor while directly managing 115 Precinct 4 employees," said Palacios.

When presented with the resolution, Ozuna said "I fought my boss on this pretty hard because, as a lot of you might know, I don't really like the attention."

With tears in his eyes, Ozuna said, "When I first started here at the county, I was blind. People took me under their wing as a 'young punk kid' who didn't really know too much about anything about right of way. I was blessed with the opportunity to come and now lead the precinct and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with."

Ozuna leaves the county to serve as Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for Mayor Sylvester Turner in the City of Houston.

"I've always told people that our titles don't mean anything," Ozuna said. "It's the desire to work and the desire to help people out, which we do every day here at the county."

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