Danny Sharp

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Danny Sharp attended the University of Arizona and holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Management and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is also a graduate of the 190th Session of the FBI National Academy.

In addition to serving as Oro Valley Chief of Police for 20 years, Sharp was the interim Town Manager from 2016 to 2017. He was an adjunct faculty member/lecturer for Law Enforcement Programs at Pima Community College and for public policy at the University of Arizona. Sharp was awarded the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award and the J. Stannard Baker Award in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

He has been a part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (chair for two years), the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (vice/chair for majority of time), and the FBI National Academy Associates. During his time as a police officer, he chaired the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network Executive Management Committee, which helped govern the countywide radio system and helped found the Pima Regional SWAT and EOD.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Sharp believes that the Oro Valley Police Department is currently understaffed, raising concerns in high schools. Sharp wants to see public safety made a priority again by the town council. He intends to uphold transparency and involve the community in public safety issues among others. 

Budget

Sharp believes that the town is not receiving any revenue and is critical of its “record debt.” Specifically, Sharp believes too much has been spent on bonds for park improvements, but he believes that money should be put towards amenities that will provide services for the town. Sharp’s goal is to decrease town spending while increasing residential and local business engagement. 

Housing

Sharp previously supported a proposal to build five-story hotels and apartments in the Oro Valley marketplace before it was withdrawn by the designer. Sharp indicated he would have negotiated with the design company and believes that future developers may be hesitant to approach the town with the way the proposal was criticized. 

Community

Sharp wants to meet with residents and business leaders to have open dialogue about the challenges the town faces. He supports holding more study sessions and flash surveys to determine what residents want. He also believes that expanding community services, such as parks and recreation programs, should be inclusive to those with disabilities.

Endorsements

Pima County Sheriff’s Commanders Association; Pima County Deputy Sheriff’s Association; North Tucson Professional Fire Fighters PAC; Tucson Association of Realtors; Kevin Mattocks

Sources

1 Danny Sharp for Mayor
2 Tucson Local Media
3 Oro Valley Podcast
4 Oro Valley Together
5 YouTube
6 Tucson Local Media