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Before a gathering of his colleagues, citizens he was elected to represent, family and friends, Commissioner Joseph Palacios was sworn into office on Monday, January 3, 2011. Commissioner Palacios took the oath of office after his aunt, Mary Alice Palacios, was sworn in as Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2. Honorable Judge Mario Ramirez officiated both ceremonies.
Palacios, 37, takes over the helm of Pct. 4 from Commissioner Oscar L. Garza Jr., who dutifully served the county for 12 years. Palacios, who has been working side-by-side with his once-opponent since the election to ensure a smooth transition, said he looks forward to continuing worthwhile projects such as the drainage improvements that have helped residents living in low-lying areas gain a better quality of life and regional mobility. Palacios’ issues include promoting a process to consolidate major infrastructure projects and manage county assets, building efficiency in county services to reduce government spending while embracing the growing demands the county, strengthening state and federal ties to leverage grant funds, and creating high-wage jobs through economic development.
The Edinburg native and father of four children has been a long-time behind-the-scenes player in local government with 18 years of public service. Palacios also served honorably in the United States Army as a medical specialist and in the United States Reserve for a total of 8 years.
“I am looking forward to representing the residents of Precinct 4 and the county,” Palacios said. “I humbly thank our constituents for entrusting me with this great honor, and I assure them that I will not be a master of government, but a servant of the people.”