Grady Judd Sworn In For Fourth Term As Polk Sheriff

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd Sworn In For Fourth Time

On Tuesday morning Polk County swore in Grady Judd for his fourth term as Polk County Sheriff.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hosted an oath-of-office ceremony at the First Baptist Church at the Mall, at 1010 East Memorial Blvd in Judd’s honor.

Judd, 62, joined the Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher in 1972 after graduating from Lakeland High School.

The Lakeland native has earned numerous awards throughout his career including, a Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution in 2015 and a National Anti-Bullying Recognition Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council in 2014.

In 2004 Judd was first elected sheriff of Polk County, which has followed by subsequent re-elections in 2008 and 2012.

Many Lakeland residents know Judd for his “tell it how it is” attitude. In November, Judd earned 95 percent of the vote (245,515 votes) for Polk County sheriff. According to the Polk Supervisor of Elections Office, the write-in option earned four percent (12,184).

Judd took to Facebook this morning where he is an active poster to show his gratitude towards his fourth term:

“It was my honor this morning to be sworn in by my friend, Justice Charles Canady, to serve my fourth term as the Sheriff of Polk County, as witnessed by my family, friends, colleagues, and agency members. I am truly humbled and honored to have been re-elected to serve the people of this wonderful community for another four years. I have been a public servant my entire adult life, and I am the luckiest man in the world. I appreciate the love and support of my family, this agency, and our community. It is because of you that we are successful. Thank you all for your ongoing support.” Grady Judd, Sheriff