Sherman L. Jenkins was appointed by Mayor Richard C. Irvin as Alderman-at-Large on the Aurora City Council and was sworn-in on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
In 1991, Sherman began as the Assistant Director of the Aurora Economic Development Commission (AEDC) where his main responsibility was to handle public relations and marketing. In 1999, Sherman was appointed as Executive Director of AEDC where he directed and coordinated the City's "Company Is Coming" marketing and promotion campaign that prepared businesses and residents for the opening of the Hollywood Casino.
He also led a negotiating team to attract the Chicago Premium Outlets here to Aurora. Throughout his tenure, Sherman worked to revitalize Aurora's mature areas with redevelopment programs that spurred new businesses and attracted firms from outside the City. He retired in December 2012.
Jenkins is currently the President of Aurora-based SLJ Communications, Inc., a digital media company, as well as SLJ Development Corporation, which provides consulting services to for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He publishes the "Tell Me Something Good" electronic newspaper and is the author of Ted Strong Jr.: The Untold Story of an Original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro Leagues All-Star.
An avid community volunteer, Jenkins is a member of the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, Rotary Club of Aurora, Past Chairman and Board Emeritus of the Aurora Public Library Foundation, a board member of the Northern Lights Development Corporation and a founding member of the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce. He is an alum of Northern Illinois University.
He and his wife, Juliette, live on Aurora's west side. He is the proud father of three adult children and proud grandfather of three grandchildren.
Alderman At-Large Jenkins also serves as Vice Chairperson on the City Council Building, Zoning and Economic Development (BZE) Committee and as a member on the Infrastructure and Technology Committee (I&T).