Office of the Mayor

Welcome to the City of Bay City, Texas. The City of Bay City, the county seat of Matagorda County, is located at the junction of State Highways 35 and 60, along the Gulf Coast, ninety miles southwest of Houston, Texas. Incorporated in 1902 with a population of 2,000, today the city limits expand to include more than six square miles and is the home of approximately 18,000 citizens.

About Bay City

Bay City is a diverse and welcoming community poised for growth and prosperity. We have a variety of shops, restaurants, parks and both indoor and outdoor activities. Bay City has a country club, two golf courses and a local airport which is about ten minutes from the center of town. We have a tourism board that works with our local businesses and Chamber of Commerce to constantly improve our city’s attractions and activities and input from our citizens is always encouraged.

About the Mayor

Mayor Robert K. Nelson is our newly elected Mayor. He began his term on June 13, 2019. Mayor Nelson has been a resident of Bay City since 1993 after moving here from New Jersey in 1990 and spending a short time in Lake Jackson. His previous career was with LyondellBasell and Celanese. Having lived here for many years and seeing a need for improvement he decided to run for office to use his education, experience and passion to help the City of Bay City unite and nurture economic and personal development.


His mission is to unite and collaborate with the citizens of Bay City to foster significant relationships in order to move Bay City forward. Together we will improve our streets, housing, and aesthetics of the city as well as the traffic flow. He will initiate neighborhood town hall meetings to discuss issues and receive feedback from the residents. It is important to listen to and know what the citizen’s aspirations are for their city.

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