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Commissioners Court honored Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia for his service to the county by naming the new courthouse law library after him.His son Orlando Garcia accepted the dedication and a plaque of appreciation on Judge Garcia's behalf."Thank you for having me here today and for honoring my dad," said Garcia. "My dad is a very humble man, but he wanted me to let you all know how incredibly grateful he is for this."The endeavor symbolizes a lasting contribution to the people of Hidalgo County that will provide unique educational opportunities for generations to come. As a trailblazer in the construction of the new courthouse, along with Judge Garcia’s extensive career and knowledge in law, the dedication of the Ramon Garcia Law Library is a fitting recognition, said Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who spearheaded the effort."It is only fitting to name the facility with collections of law books and legal resources after an individual with equal knowledge on law and county government as Judge Garcia," said Palacios.
Garcia, who has served three terms in office with honor and distinction, was not able to attend the meeting and was not involved in discussions to name the library in his honor."I thought this was a great idea, and well-deserved," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu. "I'm looking forward to the outcome of the new courthouse project Judge Garcia himself spearheaded."According to the resolution, Garcia worked with Commissioners, department heads, and staff to strengthen county funds, building up the reserve account from under $800,000, when he first took office, to more than $38 million as he leaves office, and, along with Commissioners Court, operating in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner."Congratulations to your father, and your entire family for this recognition and all he has accomplished," said Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes. "Your father was always mindful and transparent about the building of the new courthouse."
Chief of Staff Yolanda Chapa praised the judge on his leadership."I'm exceedingly proud of him," said Chapa. "His leadership in building up the reserves and in fiscal responsibility is the primary reason that the county was able to embark on the construction of a much-needed, new Hidalgo County Courthouse."Garcia will retire from public office on December 31 to return to practicing law full-time."Thank you Commissioners and everyone who's supported and believed in his efforts," said Orlando Garcia. "My dad never did anything for recognition; his motivation was always to leave things better than what they were when he got there and leaving a legacy."
Photo Caption: Department heads, County Judge's staff and Orlando Garcia, holding a plaque, pose with Commissioners Court in honor of County Judge Ramon Garcia, who leaves office Dec. 31, after 13 years of service during three terms as County Judge.