Grady Judd began his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1972. After transferring to the Patrol Division in 1974, he quickly progressed through the ranks – holding every rank from Sergeant to Colonel. On August 31, 2004, Polk County overwhelmingly elected Grady to serve as their next Sheriff by a 64% majority vote against two opponents. He officially took office as Sheriff of Polk County on January 4, 2005, and looks forward to serving Polk County a second term.
Sheriff Judd holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, and an Associate of Science Degree in Police Science. Grady is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the FBI National Executive Institute. As an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice, he taught at Florida Southern College for 18 years and at the University of South Florida for 15 years. As Sheriff, he serves as the Polk Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board Chairman. He was appointed to the State of Florida Medical Examiners Commission by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005 and continues to serve in that capacity. In March, Governor Charlie Crist and his Cabinet appointed Sheriff Judd to serve on the Florida Parole Commission’s Parole Qualifications Committee.
Sheriff Judd’s commitment to civic duty is without question. He presently serves on the Drug Prevention Resource Center Advisory Board and the Polk Community College Workforce Council. He is a past chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk and a past recipient of Polk Community College’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.
Grady is married to Marisa, his wife of 35 years, and has two grown sons – Graham & Trae.