Statement on the passing of former Lewiston and Auburn Mayor John Jenkins

We are saddened to learn about the passing of John Jenkins. John was a great supporter and frequent participant in many AdCare Educational Institute of Maine trainings, events, and conferences. In particular John was an important supporter of the work we did in the area of behavioral health and Veterans.

I first met John back in the 90’s when I was a college student attending a leadership development retreat at the University of Southern Maine, where he provided a keynote presentation.  I don’t remember the specifics of what he talked about, but I just remember him conveying a message of the importance of kindness and collaboration in leadership, he has definitely been an of my inspirations in how I conduct myself in my leadership roles.

I had the pleasure of getting to know John professionally in my work in Lewiston/Auburn, in particular around Veterans issues.  He always made time for everyone and had that great gift of providing inspiration and encouragement, just in a simple conversation.

John was a kind, empathetic, and inspirational leader and he truly set the standard for any of us who find ourselves in leadership roles in public health and public service.  We all can learn from his great example and we can honor his legacy by recognizing and championing the strength of leadership grounded in kindness and selflessness. Truly, we need more leaders like John in the world today.

It was a great honor to know John and to learn from him.  On behalf of our entire AdCare Maine family, we send our deepest thoughts and condolences to John’s family during this time.

Thank you for everything and rest in peace Mayor Jenkins.


Scott M. Gagnon
Associate Executive Director
AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.