Native to the area, Bill is the retired owner and president of Jenks/Long Insurance, Inc., of Rolla, Missouri. He is a member
of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and serves on the boards of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for
abused and neglected children and the Rolla Regional Economic Commission.
Bill earned a B.A. degree from Westminster College in 1967. In 1968, he joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant, serving in Vietnam with the First Air Calvary Division. His military career included command positions of platoon leader, company commander, and brigade commander, as well as staff assignments of battalion and brigade operations officer, brigade logistics officer and brigade personnel officer. Bill helped found the Rolla Rural Fire Protection Association, Inc., and served as Mayor of Rolla from 2006 to 2014. In 2011, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Jenks to a three-year term on the Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board.
Bill remains active and deeply involved in his community. He resides in Rolla with his wife, Jeanne.