Joel Garcia was elected to the Palmview City Council, Place 5 on November 8, 2016 and was re-elected on November 3, 2020. Councilman Garcia was elected as Mayor Pro Tem on November 20, 2018 and served through November 19, 2019. On August 1, 2023, Councilman Garcia was once again elected as Mayor Pro Tem.
In 2021, Councilman Garcia achieved the CMO designation (Certified Municipal Official) for a voluntary certifcation program sponsored by Texas Municipal League (TML) and the Texas Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (TAMCC) for elected officials from Texas Municipal League member cities though the Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI). The program offers a variety of educational opportunities for professional development in municipal leadership that enhance the official’s policymaking and leadership skills. Palmview City officials were the only officials from TML Region 12 (Rio Grande Valley) to achieve this designation for year 2021.