Ken Shetter was elected mayor in June of 2004, during his 2nd term on Burleson's City Council. His priorities for Burleson include:
- Advancing efficiency and transparency
- The continued revitalization of Old Town
- Maintaining the highest standards in public safety
- Quality job growth
- Responsible management of the City's explosive growth
- Supporting sustainable and walkable development
- Youth, education and families
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 is also a former Co-Chair of 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 a former member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board and Emergency Preparedness Planning Council. He is a former chairman and current Executive Committee member of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Greater Johnson County Transportation Coalition.
One Safe Place
In addition to being mayor of Burleson, Shetter currently serves as President of One Safe Place, a non-profit corporation focused on preventing crime and violence.
Under his leadership, One Safe Place has established a highly successful training and education program, revitalized Tarrant County Crime Stoppers, expanded the innovative Imagine No Violence initiative and developed the nation’s largest and most comprehensive family justice center, providing integrated services to thousands of victims of family violence and children who witness violence.
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 3rd-year law student, he was a member of Baylor's prestigious Mock Trial Team. Following graduation, the mayor practiced law for 7 years, concentrating in the areas of civil litigation and real estate transactions.
The mayor and his wife, Ashley, have 3 children, Lexi, Hogan, and Olivia.