Council to decide Jenkins’ successor after Nov.7

The Detroit News

Detroit— City Council will not decide who will replace outgoing Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins until she formally resigns Nov. 7.

Jenkins surprised her colleagues Friday when she announced she was taking a job with a local nonprofit organization.

“Everything will be done in a transparent manner,” said City Council President Brenda Jones, during the weekly council meeting. “The seat has not been vacated. This body has not made any decision.”

Jenkins, a social worker, was named the new chief executive officer of The Heat And Warmth Fund, a group serving low-income people who need assistance with utility bills.

Jenkins was elected to the City Council in 2009 and is quitting at a time when the city is near the end of its landmark bankruptcy case.

Under the new city charter, the council can appoint, by a two-thirds vote, an individual to fill Jenkins' seat until the next citywide election in 2016.

The new nine-member panel was elected in November and after taking office in January it elected at-large council member Brenda Jones to serve as president

Jenkins, a lifelong resident, grew up on the city's west side. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from Wayne State University, holding positions with various nonprofit.