Jill Swartzendruber grew up in Shickley, Nebraska graduating high school from Shickley Public School. Swartzendruber received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Central Community College in Hastings and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Doane College. She came to work for the City of Geneva as the Deputy City Clerk in between the time she received her two degrees and returned to Geneva to accept the City Clerk-Treasurer position.