Ken was born and raised in Burleson. His wife, Ashley, is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Cook Children's Hospital. They have three children: Lexi is a graduate student at Stephen F. Austin University, studying Speech Pathology; Hogan is a senior at Centennial High School and plans to study music education at The University of North Texas; Olivia is a junior at Centennial High School, where she is active in theater and choir. The Shetter family lives in the Hidden Vistas neighborhood, where Ken enjoys great access to Burleson's great trail system. They have an Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier named Finley.

Mayor of Burleson

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

  • Development of great public spaces throughout the city

  • Maintaining the highest standards in public safety

  • Addressing the root-causes of crime and violence

  • Quality job growth

  • Responsible management of the City's growth

  • Supporting sustainable and walkable development

  • Ensuring everyone Burleson resident and business person knows they belong


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. During his most recent term, the City of Burleson passed ground-breaking ordinances to protect victims of incidents of strangulation and children who witness domestic vioelence. Shetter is a also a former Co-Chair of the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education and Families. 
The mayor has championed youth engagement and the expansion of higher education opportunities and was instrumental in the development of the Mayor's Youth Council and the Burleson Opportunity Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Burleson Opportunity Fund. 


Ken is active in regional public policy planning and advocacy. He is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board and former member of the Emergency Preparedness Planning Council. He is a former chairman and current Executive Committee member of the Tarrant Regional 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 one of 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. 


Ken 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. 


Ken is a champion for authentic youth engagement. He is pictured here with members of the Mayor's Youth Council at one of the regular "Coffee with the Mayor" gatherings.

Ken was instrumental in the development of the Burleson Opportunity Fund. In this 2012 video he spoke about the importance of expanding higher education opportunities.