City of Baytown
P.O. Box 424
Baytown, TX 77522
Laura Alvarado, District 1
Laura Alvarado was elected the District 1 Council Member in November 2016. Her current term expires in November 2019.
Alvarado came to Baytown as a child in the early 1980’s when her family relocated as part of her father’s work in the refineries. She remembers her parents searching several places in which to settle in the surrounding areas, but once her mother visited Baytown, she knew they were home. This has been the same feeling that has kept Laura in her childhood neighborhood.
An active member of the Baytown community, she serves passionately on the Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success (GCPASS), Hispanic Educational Access Committee (HEAC) of Lee College, and the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC).
A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Lee College (Business Administration), she is currently pursuing a degree in Public Administration. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXX, where she serves on the Communication Committee and was named one of Houston's 100 Hispanic Women in Leadership in 2010.
Alvarado works for the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) as Communication and Program Director, responsible for all communication and marketing efforts across the Texas markets as well as for the National Diversity Council (NDC). She is a strong advocate for education and the advancement of women as she leads several youth and women’s initiatives throughout the Texas and other NDC markets. Email
Chris Presley, District 2
Chris Presley was elected the District 2 Council Member in May 2013. His current term expires in November 2019.
Presley, a life-long Baytown resident, has served an active role in the community, having served as President of the Baytown Downtown Association, Director of both the Baytown Redevelopment Authority and the Baytown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, and the Baytown Charter Review Committee.
A graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School, Presley holds an Associates Degree from Lee Junior College, a Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Masters Degree in Real Estate and Construction Science from Texas A&M University, where he held membership in the National Honor Society.
Self-employed in the field of Real Estate and Construction Management, Presley enjoys physical fitness, reading, hunting, and fishing. Email
Charles R. Johnson, District 3
Charles R. Johnson was elected the District 3 Council Member in November 2016. His current term expires in November 2019.
Johnson started serving in the community as a volunteer coach in 1996 at the Baytown YMCA and has served on numerous committees. He now volunteers as a basketball coach with the Highlands Sports Association (HSA) where he is also the President of Basketball operations.
After graduating from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1995, he received Associates Degrees in Child Development and Substance Counseling. He also earned a Bachelors Degree in Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies.
While attending Lee College, Johnson worked at the Baytown YMCA as a summer camp counselor. While at the Baytown YMCA, he worked his way up to the Site Director in the afterschool program and later to the position of Multi-Site Director. He worked at BACODA (Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol) as a Prevention/Intervention Specialist. While at BACODA, Charles worked with an epidemiology group whose focus was on lowering alcohol and drug abuse in the Bay Area, which included South Houston, Pasadena, LaPorte, Baytown, and Clear Lake. Charles is currently working as an operator at TARGA.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family. Email
Heather Betancourth, District 4
Heather L. Betancourth was elected District 4 Councilwoman in November 2017. Her current term expires in November 2020.
Councilwoman Betancourth was born in Houston, and raised in Spring. She graduated from Chester W. Nimitz High School in 1998. In 2001, she obtained an Associate of Arts from Lone Star College and in 2003 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Houston. In 2015, Heather completed a Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication from the University of Houston-Downtown.
Betancourth’s early career as a journalist included time spent at the Pasadena Citizen, Baytown Sun, Katy Courier, and Houston Chronicle. Currently, she works for Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and is responsible for managing the company’s community affairs for the East Harris County region. In 2015, Heather was named one of the “Top 20 Under 40” by the Baytown Sun.
She has worked closely with the City of Baytown not only in her job, but also as a volunteer on the 2016 Imagine Baytown advisory committee, 2017 charter review committee, and is a strong supporter of local agencies and events, such as Baytown Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, and the United Way of Greater Baytown .
She is married to Robert and is step-mother to Cecilia, Robert, Briana; and Lucy, a rescue from the Baytown Animal Shelter. In her leisure time, Heather can be found running in Jenkins Park or biking the Goose Creek Trail. Email
Robert C. Hoskins, District 5
Robert "Bob" Hoskins was elected District 5 Council Member in May 2011. His current term expires in November 2020.
A strong community leader, Councilman Hoskins has served two terms on the Goose Creek Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees, including one term as President, and two terms on the school district's Facilities Planning & Rezoning Committees. In addition to the various committees and boards that he sits on as a City Council representative, he also represents his employer on the Board of Directors of the Baytown/West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors for the Baytown Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman for both the Education Committee and Partners In Education Committee.
A life long resident of Baytown, Hoskins is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and attended Lee College. He holds memberships with the National Fire Protection Association Industrial Board and the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is employed as a Operations Superintendent with Enterprise Products in Mont Belvieu.
Councilman Hoskins enjoys spending time with his wife, Pamela and family, outdoor activities and reading/researching history. Email
David Himsel, District 6
David Himsel was elected District 6 Council Member in November 2017. His current term expires in November 2020.
Himsel was born in Washington, Indiana and moved to Baytown in 1971 at the age of 12. He attended Cedar Bayou Jr. High and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1977. David graduated with his Associate of Arts from Lee College in 1979 and in 1981 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
David has been an employee with The Kroger Co. (Kroger’s) for thirty-eight years and is currently the General Manager of the Kroger Marketplace on Garth Road. David has been awarded Kroger’s President’s Leadership Award in both 2014 and 2016 for his commitment to effective business collaboration, management best practices and merchandising innovations.
David enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Lindsey Himsel and Keely Himsel Frazier, and enjoys hunting, fishing East Bay, SCUBA, snow skiing and other outdoor activities. Email