Brief Bio


Jon Sharkey is in his second term as a member of the Port Hueneme City Council, having been re-elected without opposition.  He served as mayor during the city’s fiftieth anniversary year in 1998. Councilmember Sharkey led the fight against the infamous “view tax”, was instrumental in writing and passing Port Hueneme’s city charter, and saved Shady the city hall cat from eviction.  He is Past Chair of the Ventura Regional Sanitation District, and is a Director of the Beach Erosion Authority (BEACON).  Jon is a 1971 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He is married to Dr. Beverly Kelley, professor of communications at California Lutheran University, columnist for the Ventura County Star.







Jonathan Sharkey________________________________

516 Island View Circle

Port Hueneme, CA 93041-3411

805-488-0363  FAX 271-7623



            University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BA in Mass Communications            Ventura College of Law, Certificate in Mediation

            Additional studies in Land Use, Planning, and CEQA issues, University of             California at Los Angeles and at Santa Barbara



Councilmember (Past Mayor) City of Port Hueneme

            Elected 1994.  Re-elected without opposition 1998



·      Helped to write and pass city charter for Port Hueneme

·      Led campaign for voter approved utility tax providing stable funding for police department

·      Negotiated agreement with Coastal Commission for resource protection zone

·      Helped to institute first time home buyer’s assistance program bringing the American Dream within reach of many who otherwise would be left out

·      Led repeal of infamous “view tax”

·      Rationalized street sweeping schedule in the city

·      As Mayor, presided over city’s successful 50th anniversary celebration

·      Oversaw implementation of community policing program resulting an a 20% drop in the city’s crime rate

·      Negotiated settlement agreement between Regional Sanitation District and Santa Clara School District

·      Took leadership role in obtaining permits for Toland Road Regional Landfill by testifying before State Water Quality Board and local permitting authorities

·      Mediated dispute between Channel Islands Beach Community Services District and US Navy regarding testing issues

·      Participated in successful negotiations for new revenue sharing agreement between the city and the Oxnard Harbor District

·      Campaigned for Beach Restoration and Enhancement Act, testified before Assembly Natural Resources Committee

·      Helped to lead CalCoast’s “Beach Awareness Day” at State Capitol by lobbying members of the legislature in regard to beach erosion issues

·      Helped to organize “Citizenship Day” in Oxnard which processed over 1500 applicants for new citizenship

·      Led effort to reorganize county library system in the face of severe budget shortfall

·      Helped to get Port Hueneme’s redevelopment program back on track

·      Oversaw construction of $26 million water project which provided a stable source of quality water for the next generation of residents

·      Founded the prestigious Sustainability Council of Ventura County, a non-profit corporation educating the public on issues regarding long term quality of life


·      Saved “Shady,” the city hall cat, from the threat of eviction


City Boards and Commissions:

            Redevelopment Agency, Housing Authority, Surplus Property Commission,

            Charter Commission


Other Boards and Commissions:

            Port Hueneme Water Agency, Ventura Regional Sanitation District (Past Chair),             Beach Erosion Authority for Control, Operations, and Nourishment (BEACON),             Ventura Council of Governments, Ventura County Animal Regulation Board,             Ventura County Children, Families, and Community Commission, Ventura             County Tobacco Settlement Committee, California Joint Powers Insurance             Authority, Point Mugu Airport Authority, Ventura County Regional Trails             Advisory Commission, Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County,             Greater Oxnard Visitors and Convention Bureau, League of California Cities             Environmental Quality Policy Committee, Southern California Association of             Governments Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Restoration Advisory             Board (US Navy), Library Services Advisory Board, Port Hueneme Youth Task             Force, Ormond Beach Observers and Task Force



            Local Government Commission, Sustainability Council of Ventura County             (Founding Member), CalCoast, California Shore and Beach Preservation             Association, California Healthy Cities Project, Center for Livable Communities,             Lincoln Institute for Land Use, Hueneme Beautiful, League of Women Voters