Ralph Shelton has served the County of Powhatan as Building Official since 2008, first employed as a building inspector and then as a plan reviewer, joining the county in 1996.
Prior to joining the county, Ralph worked as a field superintendent for a residential homebuilder in Chesterfield County for 14years giving him invaluable experience in the construction field.
Ralph attended Ferrum College where he obtained an Associate in Arts degree and Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor of Arts in education degree.
Ralph is a member of the Virginia Building Code Officials Association, the International Code Council, and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. Ralph's professional certifications include Building Official Certification (C.B.O.), Fire Code Certification (C.F.O.), Combination Residential Code Inspector and Amusement Device Inspector from the State Board of Housing and Community Development.
Ralph has lived in the county for over 35 years with his wife, they have one adult daughter.