Neabsco Supervisor John D. Jenkins and his wife Ernestine moved to the Forestdale Section of Dale City in 1973, where they raised their three sons, Warren, Mark and Gordon. In 1988 they moved to the Westwind Subdivision, in the Hillendale section of Dale City, where they currently reside. John, a two-tour Vietnam Veteran, who earned the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster in Vietnam, retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in December 1980 and joined the Fairfax County public schools system where he served as Director of Computer Operations and Coordinator, Computing Services until his retirement in July 2003. His sons Warren, Mark and Gordon attended Bel Air, Godwin and Gar-Field schools in Dale City. All three of his sons became Eagle Scouts in Troop 1378 and played varsity football at Gar-Field Senior High School. His wife, Ernestine, retired from Prince William County Public Schools in June 2003 after 30 years as a teacher’s assistant and staff member. John and Ernestine have 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
John and Ernestine have been active in community affairs in Dale City since 1973 when they became the Forestdale representatives to the Dale City Civic Association. Both have served in various capacities in the Dale City Little League, the Dale City Sports Club, the Boy Scouts of America, the Gar-Field Senior High School Athletic Boosters Club and several veterans’ organizations. John and Ernestine were members of the group which helped organize and start the Holy Spirit (now All Saints) Episcopal Church in Dale City which initially held services at Bethel United Methodist Church where Supervisor and Mrs. Jenkins now worship.
John is a native of Alabama and past State Secretary of the Alabama Association of Future Farmers of America. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Science degree in Technology of Management from the American University in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. John, Vice Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in 1988 and 1992, served two terms as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission from 1989-1991, two terms as State President of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions for the 1990-1992 terms, State President of the Virginia Association of Counties for the 1996-1997 terms and two terms as Chairman of the Virginia Railway Express Operations board for 2004 and 2008 and currently serves as PRTC Chairman for 2011. Governor Mark Warner appointed John to serve as a member of the Virginia Geographical Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Board in 2002. In July, 2007 Governor Tim Kaine reappointed John to the VGIN Advisory Board for a five-year term. In addition, John has served on numerous boards and steering committees of the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties, the National Association of Counties and represents the Board of County Supervisors on the Quantico Marine Corps and Fort Belvoir Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board, the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board, and is Chairman of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.
In September 1982, Jim McCoart resigned from the Board of Supervisors and endorsed John Jenkins for the vacant Neabsco Supervisor’s seat. John was appointed to fill the vacancy on October 5, 1982. He subsequently was elected for a four-year term in November 1983 with 82% of the votes cast in the general election and was unopposed for reelection in November 1987. He was reelected for a third consecutive term with 73% of the votes cast in the November 1991 general election, reelected to a fourth consecutive term with 68% of the votes cast in the 1995 election and was unopposed in the 1999 election. He is currently serving in his seventh consecutive four-year term and has continued the fine record of service during the past 29 years started by his predecessor. Supervisor Jenkins is the most senior member of the Board of County Supervisors in length of service and the longest serving Supervisor in the history of Prince William County.