Ken Shetter was elected mayor in June of 2004, during his second term on Burleson's City Council. His priorities for Burleson include responsible management of the City's explosive growth, maintaining the highest standards in public safety, supporting sustainable and walkable development, quality job growth, advancing efficiency and transparency, and the continued revitalization of Old Town.
He is currently promoting initiatives to support Burleson families in the areas of health and wellness, a safe and vibrant community, and child and youth development. Shetter serves on the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families.
The mayor has championed the expansion of higher education opportunities and was instrumental in the development of the Burleson Opportunity Fund.
He serves on the board of directors for the Burleson Opportunity Fund.
Shetter is active in regional public policy planning and advocacy. He is currently a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Emergency Preparedness Planning Council, former member of the executive board of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and former chairman of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.
Mayor Shetter was born and raised in the Burleson, Texas, area, and is a
1990 graduate of Burleson High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Baylor University in 1994, followed by a Master of Arts degree in applied sociology from The American University in Washington, D.C., in 1995. While attending The American University, Shetter was a Dean's Scholar and a Sociology Department fellow. In May 1998, he graduated from Baylor Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree.
As a third-year law student, he was a member of Baylor's prestigious Mock Trial. Following graduation, the mayor practiced law for seven years, concentrating in the areas of civil litigation and real estate transactions.
In addition to being mayor of Burleson, Shetter currently serves as Executive Director of Safe City Commission, a non-profit corporation which develops and supports effective crime prevention and crime reduction.
Under his leadership, the Commission has established a highly successful training and education Program, revitalized Tarrant County Crime Stoppers, expanded the innovative Imagine No Violence initiative and developed One Safe Place, a multi-agency collaboration providing comprehensive services to victims of family violence and children who witness violence.
The mayor and his wife, Ashley, have three children, Lexi, Hogan and Olivia. They are members of the First United Methodist Church of Burleson.