"Lister starts June 1 as BCPD Chief" by: Mike Reddell

Robert Lister, just after his unanimous approval by council, Thursday night.

Sentinel photo/ Mike Reddell

Bay City Police Captain Robert Lister will become the new police chief June 1, following the late May retirement of Chief Roger Barker.

Mayor Mark Bricker’s nomination of Lister easily drew unanimous approval from city council.

“He’s second to none. He’s a great fit,” the mayor said at council’s regular meeting Thursday night.

Barker told council about Lister’s hard work and his education.

Lister introduced several of his family members – even the baseball team that he coaches.

“This has been my goal for 30 years,” Lister said at the meeting.

Bricker called a 15-minute break in the council session to allow people to congratulate Lister and there was a line of Bay City police officers who greeted the next police chief.

Lister – who became chairman of Bay City Chamber of Commerce earlier this year – began his BCPD career as a patrol officer in October 1998.

He was promoted to patrol sergeant in January 2004, to law enforcement commander in January 2008, assistant chief of police in January 2014 and to captain in July 2014.

Lister holds bachelor degrees in criminal justice/law enforcement administration from Sam Houston State University and in criminal justice/police science from University of Phoenix.

Lister also completed the FBI National Academy and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and attended Wharton County Junior College.

Lister is a 1995 Tidehaven High School graduate.

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