About Chief Sharp

Biographical information of Chief Daniel G. Sharp

Daniel G. Sharp has served as Chief of Police for the Town of Oro Valley since January 2000. Prior to his appointment as Chief, 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, the HIDTA Management Committee, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates.

Additionally, Chief Sharp is a member of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, is currently the Chairman of the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Board, a member of the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN) Board of Directors and Chair of the PCWIN Executive Committee.



Five principles of the community policing philosophy for Oro Valley:

  • Service
  • Problem solving
  • Accountability
  • Neighborhood focus
  • Decentralization – decisions made at the lowest level

Most tenured chief of police in Arizona

Succession planning – demonstrated with the strong commitment for training and development

Visionary, risk taker, trailblazer, teacher and mentor to law enforcement professionals throughout southern Arizona and abroad (body worn cameras, UAV, motor rifles, e-ticket, TIM, hands-free)

Founding member of Pima County Regional SWAT, bomb unit

Chaired PCWIN Executive Management Committee through implementation

Valued contributor to numerous chief of police selection processes for southern Arizona cities and towns

Provided a commander to serve as interim chief for the Town of Sahuarita

Implemented a “full-service” approach to policing – “Ask for a cop, get a cop”

Commitment to the underserved community (SRO – not abandoned during recession, Explorers, Community Assistance Program, elder abuse)

Strong commitment for training and development:

  • Countless officers trained as subject matter experts
  • Dozens of supervisors attend advanced supervision West Point Leadership School
  • Command members are graduates of FBI National Academy and Northwestern University

Respected nationally and internationally as a traffic safety expert with published articles, speaker at conferences and expert panelist for US DOT Summits, MADD Conferences and Governors Highway Safety Association Meetings.

Additionally, an expert in community policing and ethics. Often lecturing at the University of Arizona, presentations to community groups and radio talk shows.


2019 Oro Valley Police Department Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 J. Stanndard Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Traffic Safety
2013 Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award Recipient
2002 El Tour de Tucson Outstanding Police Officer of the Year Award

Committees, Boards and Commissions:

IACP Highway Safety Committee (Chair, 2017 – present) (Member since 2008)
IACP Traffic Incident Management Sub-Committee (Chair, 2011-2016)
Member of the Federal Highways Administration Executive Leadership Group
Member of National MADD Law Enforcement Executive Committee
PCWIN Board of Directors (served as Chair for 4 years)
PCWIN Executive Committee (Current Chair)
Southern Arizona Chair of Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
Amphitheater School District Project Graduation, co-founder with Mary Snider
Arizona Automobile Theft Authority, (Current Chair) (Member since 2000)
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (2008 – present) (served as chair for 2 years)
AZHIDTA Management Committee
Executives’ Association of Tucson (Member since 2000)

Accompanying Careers:

Interim Town Manager
Adjunct Lecturer at University of Arizona
Adjunct Faculty Member of Pima Community College