Council Member Ernie Sheldon was elected to the City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is a 25-year resident of Folsom who is well known for his long-term service to the community, including serving as vice mayor in 2011 and 2013.
Ernie served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission for two decades. During that time he directly participated in building 45 parks and recreation facilities. He wrote Folsom’s first Parks Master Plan, and was instrumental in establishing the Folsom Aquatic Center, Folsom Sports Complex and Senior and Arts Center.
The City honored Ernie for his outstanding dedication to Folsom parks by naming the Ernie Sheldon Park in his honor. Ernie’s accomplishments were also recognized in 2002 when he was named California’s Outstanding Park Commissioner.
A retired Air Force officer, Ernie led the effort to expand Folsom’s Veterans Day Parade from 23 participants to more than 1400. He also spearheaded planning, design and construction of the Veterans Memorial behind the library.
Ernie has served as Executive Director of the Folsom Athletic Association for the past 20 years. In that role, he helped raise $1 million for Folsom recreational activities and facilities and established the Youth Assistance Scholarship Fund which has provided $80,000 in scholarships. Ernie was also instrumental in setting up the Lembi Park snack bar concession stand that has raised more than $75,000 for youth groups.
A former Library Commissioner, Ernie was one of the original directors of the Friends of the Folsom Library. He played a key role in identifying City Lions Park as the site for the Folsom Public Library.
Ernie has a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Nebraska. He served in the United States Air Force for 33 years including 11 years as an enlisted man and 21 years as an officer. He retired as a Lt. Colonel with a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal with five clusters.