Jennie Jenkins Statement


I am a former Community Officer – Creator of the New 2011 Harrisburg Police Athletic League (HPAL), Jennie Jenkins.

Currently, I am running for Mayor of the City of Harrisburg. I am excited about the journey ahead of me and for this next chapter to unfold. Some of you may not know me, but you will find out over the next few months that I am passionate about serving the people within our great city. But first, we have to clear up some things.

In 2013, I was falsely accused by my superiors because former Mayor Linda Thompson vindictively retaliated after I filed an internal complaint. The current Mayor, Eric Papenfuse, followed suit because he wanted the building that had been donated to our PAL children for his associates, essentially for financial gain. It is for this reason; I have decided to stand in the gap for people. If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. Corruption and unethical decision making has become the norm in Harrisburg politics. This needs to end. I truly care about the greater good of all people, which is why I am running for the position of Mayor in the City of Harrisburg.

Thankfully, the charges were dismissed and the case was closed, but only after a 2 1/2 year smear campaign. Due to legal ramifications, I was unable to speak publicly regarding the case. This allowed the opposition to continue attacking me without a defense. Now that the case has been settled, I would like to provide you with some facts so that you can make an informed decision of what actually transpired. I am grateful that my attorney and the newly assigned Asst. Attorney General were brave enough to do the right thing by putting an end to this abuse of power. See the compensation facts for more detail.

My hope is that, through this, you take a stand for justice in Harrisburg once and for all. The people of Harrisburg deserve better than the politicians that continue to look out for their own interest while suppressing the voice of the people through fear tactics.

When I took the oath to PROTECT and SERVE, I meant it. I make no apologies that I took pride in serving the community with preventative and compassionate policing measures. That is why I put so much of myself into reviving the HPAL that was dormant for over 40 years. My hopes and dreams in designing the new Harrisburg Police Athletic League were to provide a multitude of youth programs geared toward crime prevention. In due time would reap great rewards for the entire region.

I envisioned a safer place to live.

In this capacity, I exceeded the normal expectations of a Police officer. That is why I was awarded Officer of the Year one year prior. I worked countless hours and sacrificed time with family in support of community needs. Other important information that was left out was that I managing an organization almost entirely alone, with little support from the City or board members.

Upon my attorney’s advice, I paid $350 to bring this matter to a close, but there was still outstanding debt owed to me. I incurred expenses along with attorney fees that I have yet to be reimbursed. My family suffered a great deal.

It is important to note that all of these allegations were brought forth during the transition of mayors and in the midst of a property battle between HPAL and developers that supported the Mayor-elect Papenfuse over a bankrupt building located at Cameron and Herr Streets in Harrisburg. The property is now being used by developers who support to the current mayor.

Lastly, there has been talk about my firearm that was stolen from my personal vehicle, which was parked in front of my house, almost 8 years ago. I accepted full responsibility and reprimand. What most people do not know was that I was targeted by a well-known drug gang. They stalked my house and my family for quite some time. An investigation revealed that they ultimately had possession of my gun. Police Officers are targeted all the time. The City of Harrisburg did not give a fair and balanced report of the incident.

Now it’s time to move forward to a new era for the City of Harrisburg. I am forever thankful that I will have the opportunity to turn things around for our city. I’ve learned from these experiences and I am now even better equipped to handle the challenges that lie ahead.

God bless,