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(SNO) — Lucia Bates, who became a resident of East Harris County, Texas in the United States 41 years ago after graduating from St. Joseph’s Convent in Saint Lucia, is now the “first female, the first black, and the first Caribbean Justice of the Peace” in Precinct 3 in the State of Texas, according to a press release.
Bates, who was elected for a term of four years, has jurisdiction over minor misdemeanor offenses, civil matters under $10,000 in damages, as well as evictions, debt claims, issuance of search warrants, and administrative hearings, the release stated.
It said Bates shares her jurisdiction of 483,000 households with another Justice of the Peace.
According to the press release, the St. Lucian began her career with Verizon (formerly GTE) in Baytown, Texas and left when the company relocated the business office 11 years later to San Angelo, Texas.
She attained a real estate License that sustained her as she pursued a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, the release added.
After graduating from the university, Bates was hired by the Houston Chronicle newspaper as an account executive, “and after developing several initiatives that are still implemented to this day” she was “quickly promoted” to an advertising sales manager.
The remainder of the press release said:
“At the top of her game Lucia was awarded Sales Manager of the Year for 3 consecutive years with the Houston Chronicle. After 11 years with the Houston Chronicle, Lucia accepted an Advertising Director’s position with the Houston Community Newspapers. Leveraging her wealth of experience, Lucia started an advertising agency two years later – LB Marketing Solutions, specializing in Promotional Products and Marketing/Advertising Services.
“Lucia has always been a very active member of her community and has forged great relationships personally and professionally. As a Past Chairman of the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce, she received numerous accolades as a three time Ambassador of the year, Committee Member of the Year and Dr. Ed Lehr Chairman’s Award. Due to her new position, she recently resigned as the President of her Home Owners Association where she along with the remainder of the Board, mediated and enforced articles and bylaws for the home ownership and management of the subdivision.
“She is the Director of vocational service for the North Shore Rotary, member of the Community Advisory panel to Lyondell-Equistar, a former Board Member of Wendell D. Lay YMCA, the San Jacinto Pilot Club and The Top Ladies of Distinction – Baytown Chapter.
“Lucia is a member of the CTE Advisory Committee for Channelview ISD, Galena Park ISD and Sheldon ISD. She is also a member of the San Jacinto College North Campus -Business Management/Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee and serves as an Advisor to the Saint Lucia Foundation of Texas.
“She is a Certified Advertising Consultant in her field and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has been recognized by The Princeton Premier Registry as a Business and Professional leader and is a five time Publisher’s Club winner in the media industry. She has attained Certificates from Harvard Business School Publishing E-Learning Programs.
Lucia is married to her husband Robert and they are the proud parents of two daughters; Sheena Bates and Melanie Bates-Henderson.”
Her many years of experience communicating, collaborating and mediating with individuals, and corporations at every level, her various affiliations as well as her love for community has allowed her to reinvent herself as she takes on the challenge as the newly elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Place 2. Her unwavering Faith in God, her innate ability to strategize, and her tenacity along with a grassroots collaborative will serve her well as she assumes her new position January 1, 2019.