SHeriff Grady Judd - Polk County Florida - Never Slows DownRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: May 06 2022 3:53 PM
POLK COUNTY FL. - TAMPA: The Sheriff of Polk County Florida is known for his witty and colorful press conferences of criminal events in Polk County.
Grady Judd (born March 10, 1954) is the sheriff of Polk County, Florida. He has served in this position since 2005. Grady Judd was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1954. He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Rollins College, and graduated from the FBI National Academy. He was awarded two honorary doctorates. Webber International University presented Judd with an Honorary Doctorate of Business in 2015, and Warner University presented him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Studies in 2020.
Judd started working for the Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) in 1972 as a dispatcher. As the first employee under the age of 21 in the department, he was required to get his father to purchase his ammunition. At the age of 27, he attained the rank of captain, supervising 44 employees, all of whom were older than he. He was elected as the sheriff of Polk County in 2004, and re-elected in 2008, 2012, and 2016. In the 2020 election campaign, Judd ran unopposed. Judd served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College.
Judd served as president of the Florida Sheriffs Association (2013–2014) and president of the Major County Sheriffs of America (2018–2019). He is a commissioner on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. Judd served as an active member of the Bartow Rotary Club since 1994, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the club from 1996–1999.
Judd gained publicity as a sheriff with his "tell it how it is" demeanor. In 2006, after a traffic stop resulted in a deputy and his K-9 dog shot and killed, deputies shot and killed the suspect, shooting him 68 times. Asked by a reporter about the number of shots, Judd responded, "That's all the bullets we had, or we would have shot him more."
In some of the articles I read about Sheriff Judd, age 68, he states he loves his job. Often times he wakes up before the alarm clock excited to go to work. His wife said he works all of the time and never slows down.