Each year, Lamar University honors outstanding former leaders in the fields of community service and philanthropy, business and civic engagement.
This year, Agent Christopher L. Bates was selected to receive Lamar University’s highest honor for its graduates.
He was honored on May 7 with a reception, dinner and awards program in person and virtually.
âIt is an honor to congratulate and celebrate Chris by awarding him the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award 2021,â said Shannon Figueroa, Director of Alumni Affairs.
âHis professional accomplishments, service to his community and loyalty to his alma mater exemplify the spirit of Lamar University.
Bates, was sworn in for his third four-year term as Jefferson County District 2 Constable Christopher Bates in January 2021.
The Port Arthur native and 2003 cum laude graduate of Memorial High School attended Lamar University on a music scholarship and was a member of LU’s A Cappella Choir and Psalm 150 Gospel Chorus.
Concurrently, Bates attended the LIT Regional Police Academy.
In May 2008, he graduated from LIT with a Certificate in Law Enforcement, obtained a Texas Peace Officer License, and a BA in General Studies.
He joined the Port Arthur Police Department as a Patrol Officer, worked as an Assistant Constable for District 8 and as a bailiff for the Justice of the Peace of the District 8 court.
In September 2010, Bates joined the Port Arthur ISD Police Department and saw the need to do more to help young people.
He ran for District 2 Jefferson County Constable and won, becoming the second youngest Constable in Texas history, the all-time youngest elected official in Jefferson County and the first African American Constable. district 2.
Bates established the âConstable Christopher Bates Criminal Justice Scholarshipâ and awarded over $ 12,000 in scholarships to high school students.
He also launched the âChristmas with the gendarmeâ toy drive and Christmas program for the Salvation Army.
Each year, Bates sponsors the âConstable Bates Junior Assistant Summer Campâ in partnership with Linda’s Lighthouse to improve relationships between law enforcement, communities and youth.
Bates is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is a past chair of the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Council, and is a recipient of the Southeast Texas 40 Under 40 Award, and was named Constable of the Year 2017 for the state. of Texas by the Association of Justices of the Peace and Constables.