Ken Carlson was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on November 8, 2022 and took the Oath of Office on January 2, 2023. His election was historic as he is the first LGBTQIA+ member of the Board.
Ken has a long history of public service with deep roots in Contra Costa County. He attended schools in both Pleasant Hill and Concord. Ken first stepped into the County Supervisor’s office when his grandfather, James Moriarty, was County Supervisor. Ken recalls fond memories of attending events with his grandfather.
Ken graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Communications. He then traveled to Seoul, Korea for eighteen months of missionary work, where he learned Korean and taught English.
In December 1988, he graduated from the Los Medanos College Law Enforcement Academy and began his career as a Concord Police Officer where he served for 29 years, retiring in 2017. Some of his duties over the years included working as a patrol officer, a crisis negotiator, a traffic investigator, and in various investigative positions.
Before joining the Board of Supervisors, Ken served on the Pleasant Hill City Council from December 2012 to December 2022 and as Mayor in 2015 and 2019. During his tenure on the City Council, Pleasant Hill recovered from the Great Recession and built a solid budget based on fiscal stability. The Council with the passing of Measure K, funded, planned, and constructed the new state-of-the-art Pleasant Hill Library.
As the first LGBTQIA+ Councilmember and Mayor, Ken established June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in Pleasant Hill. He also authored the Inclusive City Resolution, which states that Pleasant Hill is a welcoming community for all residents and promotes the protection of human rights, social justice, equality, diversity, and social well-being.
Over the last 10 years, Ken has served on many boards of regional bodies and non-profits, as follows:
Ken calls Pleasant Hill home along with his husband, Jeremy, of 16 years, and their two dogs.