October 22, 2020 / Modified oct 22, 2020 3:05 p.m.

Mission Library renamed in honor of Richard Elías

The longtime Pima County supervisor died in March.

360 richard elias 2 Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías speaks during a press conference with county and city of Tucson leaders about COVID-19 precautions on March 9, 2020.
AZPM Staff

Pima County's Mission Library at 3770 S. Mission Rd. was renamed in honor of the late county supervisor Richard Elías. The Board of Supervisors approved the change this Tuesday morning.

After serving 18 years on the Board of Supervisors representing District 5, Elías died in March at age 61.

His daughter, Luz Elías, thanked the supervisors for the honor.

"My father would be very honored because he did ... very much appreciate the libraries because it did bring another resource of broadening someone's education, whether it was a child or an adult," she said.

In a separate vote the board also set aside $6 million to renovate and expand the branch, now called the Richard Elías-Mission Library.

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