Commissioner (2016- 2023) | District: A 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 Lakeland Police Officer.
Commissioner Walker presently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Board of Directors for Chapters Health System, Christ Community Christian Center Church, the Board of Trustees for McKeel Schools of Technology, and is an active member of other community organizations. He is also a 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, Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, and the Transportation Planning Organization. As the current President of the Florida League of Cities, he is on the Advocacy Committee and the Ridge League of Cities' Regional Advocacy Team. Walker serves on the Ridge League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities Board of Directors. He 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. Two other young men are also a part of his immediate family, Tony and John Eric.