Phil Jenkins is a lifelong resident of Nappanee. He graduated from NorthWood High School and Ball State University. Phil is also a licensed architect. He and his wife, Diane, have three daughters.

Phil was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council in 1997 and served through 2003 as the 3rd District Council Representative. In 2004, Phil was appointed to the Board of Public Works and Safety, where he served until July 2015. Mayor Phil Jenkins took the oath of office as mayor of Nappanee, Indiana, on January 1, 2016.