South Texas Health System recognized Charlie Espinoza, Justice of the Peace for Pct. 4, for his leadership role in the advancement of healthcare in the Valley.

Department Directors and Administrators at South Texas Health System honored him with the “Community Leader Appreciation Award” during a scheduled presentation at McAllen Heart Hospital.

The hospital system staff expressed their gratitude for his contributions to healthcare and for his support to uphold the mission and vision of the hospital system in his field of expertise.

As a lifelong resident of Edinburg, Judge Espinoza has served his Hidalgo County constituency as Justice of the Peace since 1995. During this time, he has assisted the health care community by providing mandatory inquests, and helping those with mental health and drug addictions receive behavioral health care.

Judge Espinoza has been recognized by his community for his leadership and has also served in numerous organizations. Judge Espinoza was Edinburg Mayor Pro-tem and city commissioner between 1990 and 1994.

He has been actively involved in the Edinburg Bobcat Booster Club, Edinburg Crime Stoppers, Edinburg Jaycees, Edinburg Census Committee and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. He has also helped organize and produce Fiesta Custom Car and Truck Shows.