About the Chief

Chief Robert Lister is a native to Matagorda County and has served on Bay City Police Department (BCPD) 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 Number 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.