Police Chief Robert Lister

ChiefChief Robert Lister is a native to Matagorda County and has served on Bay City Police Department since 1998. He has served as the City of Bay City's Chief of Police since June of 2017. Before becoming Chief, he served as a Jailer for Jackson County Sheriff's Department, a Patrol Officer for BCPD, a Patrol Sergeant, Law Enforcement Commander, Assistant Police Chief, and Captain, totaling nineteen years.  Chief Lister is a graduate of Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, FBI National Academy #237, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice/Police Science from Sam Houston State University. Chief Lister has a proven dedication to the Bay City community and a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of all Bay City residents.


Organizational Values 

Values consist of standards, beliefs, and principles upon which we base our life and professional choices. They are held so strongly that they noticeably affect the way we think and act. Values motivate us and help us to make judgments. 

We accept our employment with the Bay City Police Department as a symbol of public trust. Our fundamental duty is to serve and protect the members of our community to the very best of our abilities. We dedicate ourselves before God, constantly striving to achieve the following objectives: 

We will treat everyone with respect, dignity, and fairness without prejudice, oppression, or intimidation. 

We will maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in both our professional and personal lives. 

We will vigorously enforce the law and protect the constitutional rights of all. 

We will be courteous and friendly toward every person we serve. 

We will always strive to find the best possible solution to every problem presented to us. 

We will not intentionally say or do anything to embarrass or offend others or ourselves. 

We are accountable to a higher authority and the community, which we serve, and we will be always mindful of that.