LU Alumnus Christopher Bates named Constable of the Year

Christopher Bates, Sr., an alumnus of Lamar University, has been honored as the United States Constable of the Year for 2023 by the National Constables and Marshals Association (NCMA).Christopher Bates Sr.

“I am truly honored to represent all 50 states by receiving such a prestigious recognition. I'm equally honored to represent Jefferson County, Texas and my hometown, Port Arthur,” Bates said in a statement.

According to the NCMA's website, recipients of this esteemed award are nominated for their exceptional and noteworthy accomplishments in their roles, whether at the local, community, state, or national levels.

Their nominations also stem from their exceptional service to local residents, which extends beyond the responsibilities of their official roles. This includes their efforts in providing, promoting, or organizing services and events to raise awareness for causes that ultimately benefit citizens or fellow officers.

Bates is a distinguished Lamar Univeristy alum. He received scholarships to be a part of the Lamar A Cappella Choir and a member of the Psalm 150 Gospel Chorus. He attended police academy at Lamar Institute of Technology while also attending Lamar University to receive his bachelor's degree.

Bates as a volunteer on campus, speaking to student groups and volunteers with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, where he previously served as president.

Bates, assumed office as constable on January 1, 2013, at the age of 27, establishing himself as the second-youngest constable in Texas history.

He also holds the distinction of being the youngest elected official ever in Jefferson County, and notably, he is the first African American constable of precinct two.

With over 15 years of dedicated service in the field of law enforcement, Bates began his career in his hometown of Port Arthur where he continues to serve today.