Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez closed out her final meeting on the City Council with this statement during the City Commissioner’s Reports:

Commissioner Diane Velazquez

 “I want to thank everyone who has made this journey a wonderful experience for me. I’m privileged and honored to have served our community. There were so many things I wanted to accomplish. I felt that I did and one of them is just having so many of you come to these Council meetings and just having more of our community aware of the process of city government. I love the opportunity to go out in the community and connect with you at events, family meetings, and going to all types of services. It’s something I really enjoyed. I really wanted to be a part of Apopka and make it my home. And one of the things I’m most proud of is assisting Christopher Lamphere with his Eagle Scout project to bring the 9/11 memorial to Apopka. It’s something that my husband Ed and I are proud of and it’s historical. I’m honored to have been a part of that. It’s been a pleasure working up here with all the commissioners and the mayor. And they’re right, you don’t always see eye-to-eye on things, but I always had a lot of respect for each of the commissioners and the mayor. They all bring different strengths to this Council. I love that they share their knowledge and wisdom. It’s something that I think that is important to being a public servant. I just want to say thank you to everyone who was a part of my life these past four years, especially my husband Ed. It’s been a privilege to serve the City of Apopka.”

Earlier on a Facebook post before the City Council meeting, she posted this statement:

Tonight is the last City Council public meeting I will serve as Commissioner representing our families & businesses of our hometown, Apopka. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve and represent you. My former profession, 21 years in law enforcement, provided me with the experience, wisdom & knowledge to continue to grow as a public servant. These past four years has been a journey I embraced knowing the time & dedication it required to succeed. Apopka is my hometown. This has been a wonderful & enriching experience. Thank you to the entire City Staff; All the First Responders & Council members for their support & sharing their knowledge & expertise these past 4 years. Congratulations to Vice Mayor Billie Dean retirement with 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Apopka. Congratulations to the newly elected council taking over the leadership & planning the future success of Apopka. Thank you for the privilege to serve you, Apopka. A special recognition to my husband, Ed, for his support & dedication throughout my public service.

Stay with The Apopka Voice for more details today and in the coming days on Velazquez, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, and Commissioner Billie Dean’s terms in office, as well as the swearing-in of Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson and Commissioners-Elect Alice Nolan and Alexander Smith.


  1. Diane Velasquez is a very classy woman. She has served our community with participation and action. I have gotten to know Diane over the last four years and consider her a very good friend.
    She will be missed.

  2. Commissioner Velazquez, I want to take this time, as an opportunity, to say goodbye to you, as a sitting Apopka City Council Commissioner, representing us Apopka citizens, and to wish both you, and your husband, Ed, good luck, good health, and best wishes for now, and always. It has been interesting watching the city council meetings, since you came onboard, and learning both your ways, and personality, as well, as all the other council members also. There is a degree of comfort, in knowing someone, by watching their actions, and getting used to their personalities, and ways, almost kind of like family, so to speak, and you know how family members fight too….lol. While I didn’t always agree with some of your votes, and some of the other’s votes, too, I do think you represented Apopka, in a very honorable fashion. Maybe you will run again in the future, for politics again, at the city, or elsewhere in the political world? Good-bye, for now, and see you around town, Commissioner Velazquez.

    • Thank you, Tenida for your good wishes. I hope you continue to attend the council meetings. Apopka is growing & many new families are choosing Apopka as their home. It is important to welcome & set by example our friendly hospitality to families & visitors alike. I do plan to stay involve in some events & organizations close to my heart ♥️ It was a privilege to serve our community.



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