Council Member Jonathan Sharkey

Jon Sharkey


Jon Sharkey is in his sixth term as a member of the Port Hueneme City Council. He served as mayor during the city's fiftieth anniversary year in 1998. Mayor 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 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.

Mayor, City of Port Hueneme: for the years 1998, 2003, 2009, 2014. First elected to the Council in 1994. Re-elected in 1998 (unopposed), 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.


  • 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 - Los Angeles and Santa Barbara


  • 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 U.S. 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
  • 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 and
  • Saved "Shady," the City Hall cat, from the threat of eviction

City Boards & Commissions

  • Charter Commission
  • Housing Authority
  • Surplus Property Commission

Other Boards& Commissions

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


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


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