About Danny Sharp

Professional History

Daniel G. Sharp served as Chief of Police for the Town of Oro Valley from January 2000 until his retirement in February 2020. Prior to his appointment as Chief in Oro Valley, Chief Sharp spent over 21 years with the Tucson Police Department, working in virtually every area of the department. Chief Sharp served as Oro Valley’s Interim Town Manager, from June 2016 to September 2017.


Chief Sharp has served as an adjunct faculty member for Law Enforcement Programs at Pima Community College and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona. He is routinely requested to lecture on public policy related to Community Policing and Ethics.


Chief Sharp holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and is a graduate of the 190th Session of the FBI National Academy.


In 2014, he was awarded the J. Stannard Baker Award for ‘outstanding lifetime contributions to highway safety’, and was the 2013 Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award recipient.


He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, appointed by the President of the IACP as Chairman of the Highway Safety committee, the Police Executive Research Forum, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the FBI National Academy Associates. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Oro Valley Hospital. Sharp currently serves on the Executive Leadership Group for the Federal Highway Administration and the Law Enforcement Executives Advisory Committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) National Board.


During his tenure at Oro Valley, Sharp chaired the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN) Executive Management Committee which was responsible for the architecture, procurement, logistics and governance of the countywide radio system. Once operational, Sharp was the Chair of the Board of Directors for two 2 year terms. He was a founding member of Pima Regional SWAT and EOD and served on its Board of Directors. Also, he was appointed to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission by three different Governors and served as Chair for two years. He served on the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority for nearly twenty years and was chair or vice-chair for most of that time. 


Daniel is married to Lynn, a retired sergeant from the Tucson Police Department.


His Values

Oro Valley will face many issues over the course of this campaign. Danny's priority is to help the community become better informed about these important issues, so residents can make educated decisions regarding their future.  

Values are an essential foundation for any candidacy. Danny's values have been proven by his twenty year record in one of Oro Valley's most trusted leadership roles, that of Police Chief.  


Danny has over 40 years of combined law enforcement experience. He spent the last 20 years of that as the Police Chief in Oro Valley.  He also stepped in as the Town's acting manager for almost a year and a half before the Town hired a permanent replacement.  He has dedicated a majority of his life to public service and prides himself on his lengthy track record of community involvement. 


Trust is paramount in leadership; without it businesses and residents are anxiously concerned about their futures. Danny's goal as Mayor is to build upon the trust he earned in his twenty year career as Chief, by working in an open, friendly and community-oriented manner. He wants the community to feel they have leadership they can count on.  


Danny's passion for transparency is what he's best known for.  He has always made it a priority to involve the community in important issues regarding public safety, leading our Police Department to be recognized as a national model for Community Policing.  As Mayor, he promises to bring the same level of transparency by involving residents in all important town issues.  

Why It Matters

The incredible quality of life that Oro Valley affords its residents didn't just happen by accident.  It was due to the hard work and strong leadership of the people who tirelessly dedicated themselves to this community. They created a vision for the future and were determined to see that vision come to fruition.  


Danny's goal as Mayor is to lead with that type of spirit. Hard work and strong leadership are not just values to Danny, they are his compass.   By supporting Danny Sharp for Mayor, we take an important step toward ensuring the safe and secure future Oro Valley deserves.