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Former Mission Mayor ‘Beto’ Salinas Passes Away

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It is with great sadness, we learned that former City of Mission Mayor Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas has entered eternal rest. Courtesy Image

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It is with great sadness, we learned that former City of Mission Mayor Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas has entered eternal rest. He was a lifelong public servant whom was truly dedicated to the residents of Mission leaving a legacy of prosperity.

-In 1980 Beto Salinas was elected Hidalgo County Commissioner – Precinct 3 where he served for 12 years.
-In 1983 he was appointed by Governor Mark White to his Indigent Health Care Advisory Task Force.
-In 1991, Texas Governor Ann Richards appointed him to the Texas Funeral Commission and was later reappointed by Governor George W. Bush.
-In 1998, he was elected Mayor of the City of Mission where he served for 20 years.
-In 2001, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
-Norberto Salinas has served since 1998 as the Vice Chair of the Anzalduas Bridge Board, was the previous Chairman of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Board of Directors, and has served as Chairman and Secretary of the Texas Department of Transportation MPO Policy Committee.

-He has served as a Director of the Texas Tech Prep Board of Directors; Hidalgo Chapter of the American Red Cross; President of the Texas Ambulance Association; Board of Director of the Mission Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Member of the Boy Scouts of America; and as President of the Amigos del Valle Board of Directors.

-Beto Salinas has always supported the youth and the elderly and has received numerous awards from the following organizations, Appreciation awards from the Hidalgo County Juvenile Court; Sullivan City Head Start Program; Children, and Families & Elderly of the Abram-Perezville Community. In 2008 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mission Boys and Girls Club and in 2009 was awarded the Mr. Amigo Award from Amigos del Valle.

-Mr. Salinas’ community involvement has been extensive he was honored by being named Man of the Year for the City of Mission in 1987 and Mr. Mission for outstanding service to the community in 2006. He was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame in 2007 and received the Citizen of the Year award from the Rotary Club of Mission in 2008.

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