Commissioners Court recognized Dr. Jose L. Cazares for his dedication and service to the community. He was honored with a resolution, and congratulated for being announced as 2018 Texas Dentist of the Year.

Cazares was named Texas Dentist of the Year at the Texas Academy Awards celebration in Austin on September 21.

"I want to thank Commissioners Court for recognizing me, and for being pillars in the community," said Cazares. "I'm proud to represent McAllen, the RGV, and the State of Texas.

A 1985 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry, Cazares is the first dentist from the Rio Grande Valley to be awarded Dentist of the Year, which is considered the most prestigious honor a Texas dentist can receive.

He was nominated by the Rio Grande Valley District Dental Society and chosen from among 19 nominees by a distinguished panel of judges.

The winner is determined based on contributions to dentistry, service to community, dedication to principles of continuing education, and other activities that indicate character and excellence.

County Judge Ramon Garcia commended Dr. Cazares for his efforts.

"Congratulations on all your accomplishments and your representation of Hidalgo County," said Garcia.