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Pima County to rename fountain in honor of Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez

F. Ann Rodriguez
Pima County Recorder
F. Ann Rodriguez

TUCSON (KVOA) - The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to rename the courtyard fountain in Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez's honor.

Rodriguez has served Pima County for nearly three decades.

After electing to retire from her post this year, the longtime county recorder will complete her 28 years of service come January.

To help preserve her legacy and recognize her service, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommended the Pima County Board of Supervisors to dedicate the fountain in the courtyard of the Historic Pima County Courthouse to Rodriguez.

According to Huckelberry's recommendation, people have come to work with her and her staff at the Historic Courthouse over decades that record and search for public document and voter information.

The county administrator said Rodriguez was the very first Hispanic female to be elected to have a countywide office in Pima County in 1992.

In 2016, she was re-elected for her seventh term and is currently the highest "vote-getter" out of all the Pima County elected officials.

Rodriguez has received Special Recognition Awards, February 2003, from Governor Janet Napolitano and the Tucson Chapter of the League of Women Voters in being a huge effort to increase voter participation in the 2002 Elections. Later on, The League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC) gave her their Silver Award in 2012.

Within the same year, she acquired the recognition of her role in the voting process in Pima County by the NAACP, according to Huckelberry. 

She has also received several awards, that include Distinguished Service Award from the Hispanic Fraternity Omega Delta Phi; the Outstanding Citizen's Support Award from the Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GITEM) ; the Greater Tucson Leader Award; the Salpointe Alumni Service Award for Outstanding Community Service; and the nomination for the YWCA Women on the Move Award.

Rodriguez has been a part of the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee for two years as a substitute for all counties. 
She has given ideas that expanded the processes for vote-by-mail, the walk-in early voting and the satellite voting sites to cast a ballot.

Democrat Gabriella Cazares-Kelly will succeed Rodriguez after defeating Republican Benny White on Nov. 3.

EDITOR'S NOTE: News 4 Tucson's Ameah Ramseyer contributed to this report.

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