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Sheriff Grady Judd (Independent)

Winter Haven


Lakeland High School; AS degree, police science, Polk Community College; BS degree, criminal justice, Rollins College; MS degree, criminal justice, Rollins College; FBI National Academy, Session 168, 1992; Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police, Session 20, 1997; Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Chief Executive Seminar, Class 21, 1998; graduate, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Session 47, 2003; graduate, National Sheriffs’ Association and National Institute of Corrections, National Sheriffs’ Institute, Session 89, 2005; FBI National Executive Institute, Session 30, 2007.


Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 1972-present: Telecommunicator, Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel; elected Sheriff of Polk County, 2004; reelected 2008, 2012 and 2016.

"I am proud to serve the people of Polk County, where working together, we make a positive difference."
~ Sheriff Grady Judd
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Honors and Affiliations 

Church Women United Human Rights Award, 2013; Callyo’s Leaders in Online Child Protection Award, 2013; Polk County School Board Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013; Junny Award, Protect Our Children, 2011; Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, 2008; Polk Community College Distinguished Alumni Award, 2003; Police Executive Research Forum, 1990-present; board member, Inner Act Alliance, 2005-present; board member, Keep Polk County Beautiful Advisory, 2002; Board of Trustees, Florida Partners in Crisis, 2008-present; Board of Directors, VISTE, 2008-present; chairperson, Legislative Committee, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2005; President, Florida Sheriffs Association, 2013-2014; member, State of Florida Medical Examiners Commission, 2005-2009; Florida Parole Commission’s Parole Qualifications Committee, 2008-2012; chairperson, Polk Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2005-present; Polk Community College Corporate College Workforce Council, 2007-present; member, Rotary Club, Bartow, 1994-present; International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1998-present; Person of the Year, The Ledger's Best of the Best, 2016 and 2017; Cornerstone Hospice Hero Award, 2016; Sons of American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, 2015; School Safety Advocacy Council National Anti-Bullying Recognition Award, 2014; Lakeland Boys and Girls Advisory Board, 2016; member, Major County Sheriffs of America, 2005-present; Vice President, Major County Sheriffs of America, 2016-2017; President, Major Country Sheriffs of America, 2018.

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