Mayor Lee Brand released the following statement on the passing of Judge Armando O. Rodríguez:
“I am saddened by the passing of Judge Armando O. Rodríguez. He was a titan in Fresno County history, a man who didn’t just serve in multiple public capacities, but also did so as the first Latino in many of those roles. Being the first is never easy, but Judge Rodríguez was more than up to the task, and in the process paved the way for other Latinos to follow.
“At Fresno State’s State of the University event in January, I had the honor of sitting at the same table as Judge Rodríguez, as well as one of his relatives, Louie, who I count as a childhood friend. While I mourn Judge Rodriguez’s passing, I also know that he is at peace, reunited with his wife, Betty, who passed in 2012. My prayers are with him, as well as family and friends who mourn the loss of this great man.”