About Ernie Sheldon
Elected to the Folsom City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Sheldon is a 35-year resident of Folsom who is known for his long-term service to the community, including serving as vice mayor in 2011, 2013, and 2016.
Sheldon served on the City’s Park 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 him for his outstanding dedication to Folsom parks by naming the Ernie Sheldon Park in his honor. Sheldon’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 2,800. He also spearheaded planning, design and construction of the Veterans Memorial behind the library.
A former Library Commissioner, Sheldon was one of the original directors of the Friends of the Folsom Library and played a key role in identifying City Lions Park as the site for the Folsom Public Library.
He has a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Nebraska, 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 with five clusters and an Air Force Commendation Medal with two clusters.
ERNIE SHELDON (1934-2020)
Folsom City Councilmember and Vice Mayor