The Free Lance-Star has named Phil Jenkins as its editor. Jenkins has served as interim news editor since March, when former editor Ed Jones retired. Jenkins had been managing editor since 2009. After a nationwide search, publisher Nick Cadwallender said the company decided Jenkins was the strongest candidate to lead the paper’s print and digital news operations. The newspaper reported the appointment late Monday. Jenkins joined the newspaper in 1998. He previously worked as managing editor of the Anniston Star and as a state editor for United Press International, both in Alabama.