Next year, for the first time in 32 years, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia deputies will have to get along without Roxanne Walker.


The last day and retirement party at the Percy Bakker Center for the longtime spokeswoman for the Hesperia station will be Jan. 13, but she'll be on vacation starting Thursday, handing over the reins to her successor, Sue Rose, who previously worked out of the Victorville sheriff's station.


"Always leave them wanting more," Walker said Tuesday. "I still want to be capable of moving around without one of those carts."


Walker has lived in Hesperia since 1984, and worked as a secretary for a business that eventually went under. She volunteered to fill her time while looking for a new job and fell in love with police work.


"It was kind of before the (Citizens On Patrol) program, but I did the same kind of volunteering," she said.


In 1989, Walker was hired on as a station clerk, working at the front desk of the Hesperia station.


"I've just always loved it," she said. "I've just never felt any desire to leave."


In addition to dealing with the public and fielding media inquiries, much of Walker's job was coordinating the activities of the COP volunteers. She said she's never seen such a dedicated group.


As of mid-December, the Hesperia station's volunteers have already put in 25,000 volunteer hours this year.


"Once again, they'll exceed all the hours of any other group in the county," Walker said.


That sort of community spirit is a hallmark of Hesperia, she said.


"The community is a close-knit and caring community," she said. "Thinking of the fires in 2003 ... the residents just came out and did whatever they needed to keep people safe and warm."


Walker will still be active around Hesperia in her chapter of the Red Hat Society and the Moose Lodge. She'll also be traveling and getting married later this month.


But for the first time in more than three decades, she'll be out of the loop as to why the sirens are blaring and where patrol cars are zipping off to.


"I'll probably miss knowing what's going on in the city," she said. "I'll be a normal person."