James "Skip" Jenkins
Council District 2
Councilman Jenkins is proud to have called Cayce his home since he was born. He is the only member of council who was born and raised in Cayce and lives just a block away from where he grew up. He is the son of Lester and Alma Jenkins – the third oldest of six children – and attended the former Ida A. Bull Elementary School (what is now Cayce Elementary School). His wife is also from the West Metro area.
Skip is the longest serving council member and is Mayor Pro Tem. He retired from CMC Steel in 2020 as the most tenured employee in the East Region with 46 years of dedicated service. He began his career there greasing equipment, eventually being promoted to lead man in 1978. He worked as a supervisor, general foreman and retired as the Plant’s Services Manager.
He has been closely involved with the development of after-school programs for schools in the Cayce area. A father of four sons and grandfather to five, he wants to make sure kids have access to a range of academic opportunities. Additionally, he has pushed the development of more trade certifications for students. Skip is a self-taught welder and wants children to have access to similar trade programs. His dedication to community improvement and safety resulted in his appointment to the National League of Cities’ 2014 Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee, where he was tasked with developing the NLC’s federal policy positions on crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and more.
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