Christman, Walker receive service awards during June 21 city council meeting

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Posted July 1, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

Interim City Manager Pete Lee, left, shares a smile with William Christman, right, during his service award presentation on June 21, 2022. [Photo supplied]

During last week’s Ocala City Council regular meeting, held on June 21, two service awards were handed out to two incredibly dedicated employees to the City of Ocala.

Sergeant William Christman received an award for 25 years of service to the Ocala Police Department (OPD) and Virginia Walker received an award for 20 years of service to the city’s Public Works Department.

Christman began his career at the OPD in 1997, after moving from Connecticut to Florida two years earlier. A recipient of several accommodations while with the OPD, Sergeant Christman had previously served in various capacities, including as an officer in the patrol division, a detective in property crimes and an agent on the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team.

He is married to Sergeant Vicki Christman of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. He is a father of two adult stepsons, one daughter and the grandfather of two grandsons.

“It’s gone by very quickly,” said Christman of the last 25 years on June 21. “I appreciate everybody, especially the citizens. I say all the time, the reason our job is so easy is because we have such amazing citizens in our community. And that’s just a reflection of how well we’re doing as an agency and of our leadership as well.”

Interim City Manager Pete Lee, left, hands Virginia Walker, right, her service award on June 21, 2022. [Photo supplied]

Walker is an equipment operator in the Ocala Public Works Stormwater Division. She was born in Ohio and moved to Florida with her three sisters when she was 10 years old.

She graduated from Lake Weir High School in 1993. She has been married for 29 years to her husband who is presently a Citrus County Sheriff’s deputy and has served in the United States Navy and Army Reserve. They have a daughter who’s a dental assistant and lives in Inverness with her family.

In her spare time, Walker said she enjoys camping, spending time with her family and friends, putting puzzles together and doing crafts.