Honoring the Memory of Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of the City of Coral Springs Mayor, Walter “Skip” Campbell.
A long-time Coral Springs resident, Skip was a dedicated public servant, who served as the City’s Mayor since 2014. Skip ran for the Florida Senate and won, spending 10 years representing the West and Northwest areas of Broward County. An accomplished legislator, Skip helped to successfully pass 112 Bills during his time in the State Senate, many of which benefited children and families.
“Skip was truly a dedicated public servant, a man of the people and a pillar of the Coral Springs community. He was a champion for quality education and the safety of our children. I will miss his leadership, professionalism and friendship,” said City Manager Michael Goodrum.
Skip was a distinguished attorney and considered a leader within the legal profession. He served as President of the Broward County Bar Association, President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers' Association and President of the Federal Bar Association of Broward County. He was elected to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar from 1988 through 1996 and was the recipient of The Florida Bar Meritorious Service Award.
City Attorney John Hearn, who has known Skip for nearly 30 years, said, “He was a mentor to so many in the legal profession. When Skip was elected Mayor of Coral Springs, he brought with him the respect and integrity, which he was known for throughout the State of Florida. Skip was committed to our City and seeing Coral Springs thrive as a family-oriented community. As a father and 25-year resident of Coral Springs myself, I appreciated Skip’s enthusiasm for our parks and sports leagues.” Hearn continued, “I will miss his banter about collegiate football on the dais. Skip always enjoyed a quip about my Alma Mater’s Fighting Irish, while I would return a jab about his beloved Florida Gators.”
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, Skip supported and mourned alongside grieving families. He also demanded action from his former colleagues in the Florida Senate to prevent such tragedy in the future. Skip worked to ensure the City secured funding to add additional sworn police officers in every public school within the City’s boundaries, saying, “The safety of our children is my greatest priority.”
In accordance with the City’s Ordinance, Vice Mayor Lou Cimaglia will serve as Mayor pro tempore (pro tem). Of Skip’s sudden passing, Cimaglia says, “I am heartbroken over the loss of my friend and my colleague. It has truly been my greatest honor serving alongside Skip on the dais. His service to the public, especially to the Coral Springs community, will have a lasting impact on our City for generations to come. I knew Skip as a family-man, not just our City’s Mayor.” Cimaglia added, “Right now, my thoughts and prayers are with his family as they grieve the loss of this great man.”
Mayor Walter “Skip” Campbell is survived by his wife, Lynn, their children, Christina and Daniel; sisters Maureen and Kathleen, brother John, three grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends.
Walter “Skip” Campbell’s viewing was held at Coral Springs City Hall. His funeral was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Coral Springs, where he was remembered fondly by family, friends and colleagues.
Lynne Martzall, Writer/Media Relations Coordinator
Writer who specializes in highlighting issues, solutions and day-to-day operations of city-government.
A 20-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and public safety campaign implementation. During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.
In 2014, Lynne joined the Coral Springs Police Department serving as the social media coordinator. Read more >>>