Mayor Becky Ames is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County who moved to Beaumont in 1981, Mayor Ames previously served the City as an At-Large City Councilmember from 1994 to 2007.
While on the City Council, Mayor Ames oversaw a number of initiatives that have had a lasting impact on the Beaumont community, but perhaps her most significant role was played in the days and weeks following Hurricane Rita, a Category-5 storm that made a direct hit on Beaumont in September of 2005. Along with then-Mayor Guy Goodson, her Council colleagues, and city officials, Mayor Ames spent countless hours on both preparations for and response to the hurricane.
Since being elected Mayor, Ames has worked on successful economic development projects such as the $1.6 billion Eastman Company gasification plant that is scheduled to open in Beaumont in 2011. The opening of a state-of-the art 311 call center that helps Beaumont residents with any non-emergency matters met one of Mayor Amesí early goals of making city government more accessible to citizens. She also helped guide the City through preparations and cleanup of yet another significant storm, Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Visibility throughout the entire Beaumont community has been a hallmark of Mayor Amesí career, and in her first term she initiated a series of community meetings with her City Council colleagues in each of the four city wards, and made beautification efforts a significant component of her efforts to not only revitalize downtown Beaumont, but the entire City.
An active member of the United States Conference of Mayors, Mayor Ames is a member of that organizationís standing committees on Transportation and Communications as well as Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment, and Sports.
In addition to her duties as Mayor, Ames serves as Executive Director of Atria Collier Park, an assisted living and retirement community in Beaumont, a position she has held since 1996. Prior to that, Mayor Ames spent 12 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Beaumont Hilton.
Mayor Ames has also been an active member of a number of Beaumont organizations, such as the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of Beaumont, the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Breast Cancer Awareness Program, and the Downtown Rotary Club of Beaumont.
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 local government organizations such as 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 public schools in Jefferson County prior to attending Texas A&M University, and has been married to Rodney Ames since 1983.
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