Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award
The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was adopted to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is given in memory of Ms. Stafford who devoted 24 years to the City of Tampa as an Assistant City Attorney. She was also the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and was a pioneer for women's issues, both professionally and in the community.
2021 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award Recipient
Ida Walker has served the citizens of Tampa for 38 years. The Tampa Police Department (TPD) was no stranger to Walker when she was hired in 1982. As a teenager, she spent summer vacations working at TPD and interning as a high school senior.
Throughout Walker’s career, she was promoted as an Administrative Assistant to several positions in other City departments including the Tampa Convention Center, Purchasing Department, MIS Department (T&I), and Risk Management. These positions ultimately prepared her for the current role as the Senior Executive Aide to the Chief of Police, where she has served for the past 29 years. This has given Ida the unique opportunity to witness the department’s progressive development, including its technology and innovation, policy and procedures, community, and command staff. Because of Walker’s expertise, knowledge and flexibility, six chiefs with diverse leadership philosophies and techniques have retained her as their assistant.
Walker’s years of experience and strong work ethic cultivated her outstanding leadership skills to assist the Chief of Police and serve as the office manager and liaison. She’s proficient in assuring the daily operations of the office run smoothly, so that Tampa’s citizens and communities receive outstanding service. The Tampa Police Department has recognized her on several occasions as the Employee of the Month and in 2015 the Employee of the Year.
As an instructor for the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), Walker created the first statewide Executive Assistants training conference for the FPCA. She is notably recognized for her role in developing CORE I, II and III training modules that targets four skillset categories: Communications, Organization Methods, Roles and Responsibilities, and Expectations. The last day of the conference is usually dedicated to a selection of four courses she personally developed - “Brand You: Bullet Proof Your Career, Secrets to a Successful Boss Assistant Relationship, Daring Greatness: Develop the Courage to Let Your Game Speak for You, and CORE Driven Assistant.” During the late 1990s, Walker also served as an adjunct law enforcement instructor for Hillsborough Community College of Public Safety.
She currently serves in several volunteer capacities. Walker is a long-standing member of the Tampa Police Department’s Black History Committee. She is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and conducts a mentoring program (Tampa Youth CORE Connections) through the Police Department’s RICH houses located in Robles Park and Sulphur Springs. Walker also serves on Visit Tampa Bay’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, as an ambassador for Tampa’s conventions and tourism; she serves as recording secretary for Zeta Amicae of Tampa, an auxiliary of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and she’s a lifetime participant in a study at Moffitt to research cancer in young African-American women.
Aside from her career with the City of Tampa, Walker has also published several online publications called Beauty Talk Illustrated Magazine. This inspiring publication is a testament of how she transformed personal battles with breast cancer into an amazing story of living life with grace and gratitude. She is often called upon to give motivational speeches on a variety of topics for various organizations throughout the community.
Walker earned an AA degree from Hillsborough Community College. She is a wife, married to retired HCSO Sergeant Jimi Walker, a mother and grandmother.
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