Who is Phil Jenkins?

Phil Jenkins is a lifelong resident of Nappanee. He is the second of three sons of Rick and Sandy Jenkins. Phil graduated from NorthWood High School in 1989 and Ball State University in 1994, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Phil and his wife, Diane, returned to Nappanee after college to raise their family. They have three daughters, Allyson, Morgan and Caroline. Diane is a teacher at NorthWood Middle School. Phil and his family attend Bible Baptist Church in Wakarusa.

Phil worked for a Nappanee architectural firm for one year, followed by seven years at The Troyer Group. Since 2002, Phil has worked as an architect for custom homebuilder, Martin Brothers Contracting. He received his professional license in 1997 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.

Phil served on the Nappanee City Council for seven years, and has been a member of the Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety since 2004. Phil is currently the president of the Northwood Soccer Club and the Northwood Fifteenth Homeowners Association.

Why am I running for Mayor?

I am running for Mayor because I care deeply about this community and want to give back to the place that has given so much to me and my family. I want to see Nappanee continue to be the best place to work, live and play.

I would like to focus on improving the quality of life for all residents of Nappanee. Listening to the residents and working in cooperation with the various departments, boards and commissions, I plan to assess our current infrastructure and services and look for innovative ways to enhance and improve our community. Economically, I would like to work with existing businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to create an environment that ensures business retention and look for opportunities for economic diversity and growth. I plan to work with the schools, churches and social service agencies to promote and strengthen families and to encourage our next generation. I will draw on Nappanee's history and assess our present situation as we work together to shape Nappanee's future.

As an architect, I have been trained to solve problems. The process of problem solving involves identifying and assessing issues and challenges and developing solutions with the best possible outcome. Many of the same skills I use in my profession today are the skills I intend to use if elected Mayor.

Brad Rogers

Elkhart County Sheriff

I am honored to endorse Phil Jenkins for Mayor of Nappanee. Phil is a lifelong resident of Nappanee and has consistently shown his dedication to this great city. (+) Read more... Phil has been my friend for five years, and in this time, I’ve witnessed his ability to lead. With integrity and experience, he is truly a servant leader. I am confident that Phil will keep his oath of office to uphold the United States and Indiana Constitutions.

Phil is especially concerned about public safety and will be innovative in pro-active policing and the best fire and medical services possible in order to encourage a safe community for our families. As Mayor, Phil will foster an atmosphere for economic development, strengthen cooperation within the city and develop relationships with surrounding municipalities, organizations and agencies, all in order to build a better Nappanee. (-) Collapse

The Honorable Dave Wood

Mayor of Mishawaka

It is my honor to support my friend, Phil Jenkins, for Mayor of Nappanee. I have known Phil for nearly twenty years and have had the opportunity to work with him for several years at a local architectural firm. (+) Read more... Phil’s priorities are family, faith and Nappanee. I have witnessed with admiration Phil’s service to his community. Phil’s strong work ethic and positive attitude have improved many lives.

It seems to me that what makes a Mayor great is his love and passion for the city that he represents. I have admired Mayor Thompson for being that kind of Mayor. I can tell you from my experience that Phil has a love for Nappanee that will not only guide him in making strong decisions but will also serve the citizens of Nappanee well. Phil Jenkins will make a great Mayor of Nappanee. (-) Collapse

Jeff Troxel

Wakarusa Town Manager

I am extremely honored to endorse Phil Jenkins for the Mayor of Nappanee. I have known Phil for many years. (+) Read more... Phil is a lifelong resident of Nappanee and truly dedicated to his community. He has served seven years on the Nappanee Council along with his ten years of service on the Board of Works. He also serves as the president of the NorthWood Soccer Club. With his leadership and experience, he has developed the qualifications that he needs to be Nappanee’s next mayor. It is very important for the leaders of Wakarusa and Nappanee to work together for the greater good of the Wa-Nee community. As Town Manager of Wakarusa, I know that Phil and I will have that important working relationship. Please join me in supporting Phil Jenkins for Mayor. (-) Collapse

David Harper, Pastor

Bible Baptist Church, Wakarusa

My experience with Phil Jenkins is connected with his service as a trustee and leader at church. As his pastor for many years, I have observed his ability to both see the whole picture and be detail-oriented. (+) Read more... He is thorough, conscientious, careful, and decisive. He is characterized by gentle wisdom and prompt action. He is skilled at multitasking and is therefore quite successful at balancing his happy family life with his busy and fulfilling career. He will be a great mayor for all the residents of Nappanee. (-) Collapse