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.
Education: 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.
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.
City Boards and Commissions: 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
Affiliations: 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