Dallas County Commissioners Court
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins began his first term in office on January 1, 2011. A first-time public official, Judge Jenkins brings business acumen, legislative experience, and an unparalleled commitment to the office of County Judge.
Judge Jenkins is a native of Dallas County and spent most of his childhood here before moving to his mother’s hometown of Waxahachie after the death of his father. He became the first member of his family to graduate college earning his law degree from Baylor University in 1987. His work experience includes serving as an education aide to the late Senator Oscar H. Mauzy; a congressional intern to U.S. Representative Martin Frost; a LBJ intern to the late U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen; and a clerkship with the Texas Supreme Court.
He is the President of Jenkins & Jenkins, a successful law practice with offices in Dallas and Waxahachie. He is also the co-owner of Brown Dental Health Services, which employs 13 dentists and provides dental care to residents in more than 100 facilities in North and East Texas.
Recognizing the value of a skilled, educated workforce, Judge Jenkins plans to utilize his role within the Dallas County Truancy Courts to close the gap between truancy and graduation rates. The Dallas County Judge is responsible for overseeing the county’s truancy courts which hear cases from partnering school districts and enforce the truancy court orders as directed.
As the chief-elected official of the county, Judge Jenkins is also responsible for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department that provides around the clock staff to protect Dallas County citizens through coordinated security and emergency-management resources with regional and national partners.
Judge Jenkins began working immediately with his colleagues to build consensus on issues that will Dallas County forward. Under his leadership, the county passed a Transparency Policy which provides for a more open government and easier online access to pertinent county documents.
Understanding the difficult economy, he is also working with the Office of Budget and Evaluation to implement performance-based budgeting measures to ensure that Dallas County is rewarding efficiency and streamlining operations based on a pre-determined set of standards established by the Commissioners Court.
Judge Jenkins will also assume vital roles with regional partners having been named to the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Committee, the Regional Transportation Council, the Emergency Preparedness Planning Council, the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and the Public Power Pool Board. He will serve within the county as a member of the Dallas Criminal Justice Advisory Board Executive Committee, the Juvenile Board, the Financial Review Committee, and the Dallas County Benefits Committee.
Judge Jenkins is committed to building infrastructure and fostering economic development throughout Dallas County and to greatly increasing the tax base.
As Dallas County Judge, he is working collaboratively to jump-start the Inland Port project through targeted infrastructure improvements, and is committed to ensuring that the new Parkland hospital is built on time and on budget and constantly expands its ability to provide care by improving protocols and adapting technological advances.
Judge Jenkins is married with one daughter. Their family worships at Highland Park United Methodist Church. They are active in their church and PTA.