Mayor Becky Ames was sworn in as Beaumont’s 41st Mayor on May 22, 2007, and since her initial election, the Mayor has been subsequently re-elected to six additional two year terms. A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Mayor Ames also served the City as an At-Large Beaumont City Councilmember from 1994 to 2007. During her tenure, Mayor Ames has overseen an economic renaissance in Beaumont and has shepherded numerous successful projects and program initiatives which have enhanced economic development and advanced the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
While serving as Mayor, perhaps her most significant contributions were in the days and weeks before and after Hurricanes Rita (as Councilmember), Gustav, Ike and more recently Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda. Each storm presented its unique set of challenges to the residents of Beaumont. Mayor Ames’ leadership and experience were crucial to the recovery efforts. Her dedication to continue disaster preparedness ensured all City first responders from every department have the training and certificates required to respond safely and effectively. During Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Ames maintained open lines of communication to deliver critical information to citizens during the major flooding and loss of water service. The relationships she had developed and maintained with our State and Federal elected officials was critical to the speedy delivery of crucial State and Federal assets for rescue and recovery. Her leadership among City staff and within the community was a key component to a swift stabilization of Beaumont’s infrastructure.
Since being elected Mayor, Ames has initiated several successful projects and programs to improve economic development and quality of life in Beaumont. She spearheaded an overhaul of the City’s permitting process, which included opening the one-stop-shop (OSS) in City Hall. The OSS provides one convenient location for businesses and homeowners to receive information on permitting and zoning requirements, submit forms, and resolve issues. Mayor Ames’ commitment to customer service and accessibility didn’t stop there. Another service initiative resulted in the state-of-the art 311 call centers, which assists Beaumont residents with non-emergency matters and later including an app for 311.
For many years, infrastructure improvements have been a high priority for Beaumont residents and Mayor Ames working with the City Council and City staff responded with a host of major street improvements all over town including Calder Avenue, Fannin Street, Seventh Street, Northwest Parkway, Magnolia and Washington Boulevard to name a few.
Under her watch, progress continues in making the downtown district and every corner of the city cleaner and more attractive. New brick sidewalks, decorative lighting, extensive landscaping and a concerted effort to fight litter, high weeds and graffiti continue to result in more welcoming streets and common areas. The city’s parks are continually upgraded, and features such as a dog park within Ida Reed Park, the Gulf Terrace Hike and Bike Trail and the newest hike and bike trail along Folsom Street have been welcome and popular additions.
There is one project that she is especially proud, The Event Centre and adjacent Lakeside Center on Crockett Street and MLK. In addition, within her last twelve years as Mayor, Beaumont has seen multiple new Neighborhood Community Centers, Fire Stations, Libraries and a new Public Health Facility on College Street and a new Amtrak station that includes a new police sub-station.
Beaumont’s parks are constantly being improved to serve the citizens of Beaumont. The most recent addition is the Boardwalk at Cattail Marsh in Tyrrell Park. The new Tennis Center at the Municipal Athletic Complex is a state of the art tennis facility serving Beaumont residents and visitors alike.
Mayor Ames has also been instrumental in changing the Beaumont City Pound to an Animal Care Shelter and with support of the City Council altered the Animal Care ordinance to include spay and neuter with every animal adoption along with a myriad of other changes that support the well-being of the animals in the Beaumont Shelter. As of December 2018 Beaumont became a no kill city.
Elected as Mayor Pro-Tem by her Council colleagues four times during her tenure on the City Council, Mayor Ames has also been active in government organizations such as the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, Texas Municipal League, and Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission. In 1998, Governor George W. Bush appointed Ames to the Regional Review Committee, which was charged with oversight of federal community development and planning funds to the area.
Mayor Ames attended Hardin Jefferson High School prior to attending Texas A&M University, and has been married to Rodney Ames since 1983.
Administrator, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas Beaumont Campus, 2015 – 2019
Chief Executive Officer, Victory Medical Center Beaumont 2012 – 2015
Executive Director, Atria Collier Park Retirement and Assisted Living Community: 1996-2012
Director of Sales and Opening team, Sunbelt Hotels, Inc. / Lane Hospitability, Inc.: 1984-1996
Mayor, City of Beaumont: 2007-present
At-large councilmember, Beaumont City Council: 1994-2007
Mayor Pro-Tem: 1995, 1997, 2003 and 2004
National League of Cities
United States Conference of Mayors
USCM: Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications
USCM: Standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports
USCM: Mayor’s Leadership Institute on Smart Cities
Texas Assisted Living Association
Texas Municipal League
Beaumont Branch NAACP
Junior League of Beaumont, Sustaining Member
Lamar University Friends of the Arts, Board Member
Texas Energy Museum, Advisory Board Member
Jefferson County Go Texan, Past Board Member
Lifetime Member, 100 Club (1000 Club)
Welcome Home Brother: Vietnam Veterans Monument Event Initiative
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Baptist Hospital Foundation, Past Board Member
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Beaumont Main Street
Beaumont Rotary Club
Better Business Bureau of SE Texas, Past Board Member
Julie Rogers Gift of Life, Advisory Board Member
Tyrrell Historical Library Association
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Sales and Marketing Executives, 2018 Executive of the Year
Junior League of Beaumont, 2018 Dancing with the Stars
Quota International of Southeast Texas 2012 Person of the Year
Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council Legislator of the Year for 2012
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce 2011 Athena Award, Achievement of Women in Business
Arc Excellence in Community Collaboration Award – 2011
Atria Senior Living Group, Leadership Council, 2008 and 2009
Atria Senior Living Group, Quality Enhancement Award, 2005-2010
Texas Assn of Activity Professionals – 2006 Administrator of the Year
American Heart Association – 2005 Woman with Heart
Better Business Bureau of SE Texas – 2001 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
Business and Professional Women’s Club – 1998 SE Texas Woman to Watch