Commissioner (2016- 2023) | District: Northwest
Phillip Walker graduated from Kathleen High School and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College. Prior to his retirement as owner and agency principal of a Lakeland Allstate Insurance agency for over 26 years, Mr. Walker was a Police Officer with the Lakeland Police Department. He presently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Board of Directors for Chapters Health System, Christ Community Christian Center Church, Board of Trustees for McKeel Schools of Technology, and is a member of other community organizations. He is also Founder and Board Member of the Lakeland/Polk County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In 2015 he was inducted into the Kathleen High School Hall of Fame.
As a City Commissioner, Mr. Walker serves on the following committees: Legislative Committee, Utility Committee, Real Estate and Transportation Committee, Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, Transportation Planning Organization. As the current 1st Vice President of the Florida League of Cities, he serves on the Advocacy Committee, being a part of the Ridge League of Cities Regional Advocacy Team serving on the Board for the Ridge League of Cities as well as the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors. Walker also serves on the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Board and is Immediate Past President of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
Mr. Walker is married to Cappie D. Cooke and they have three children; Janelle, Jaela, and Christian Phillip, and one granddaughter, Zoë. There are also two other young men who are a part of his immediate family, Tony and John Eric.