Date: December 9, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Pulic Ivited to Attend Sheriff's Oath of Office Ceremony

For the first time in 18 years, a new Sheriff will take office in Polk County.

Sheriff-Elect Grady C. Judd, Jr., would like to invite the public and the media to this historic event, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2005, at the First Baptist Church at the Mall, 1010 East Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland.

Scheduled to appear at this occasion are: Pastors Jay Dennis and Arthur Johnson, Lakeland City Commissioner Gow Fields, and the Honorable Charles Canady, 2nd District Court of Appeals. The ceremony will include Grady Judd taking the official oath of office to become Sheriff of Polk County. Current Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., who is retiring as Polk County's longest-serving Sheriff, will administer the oath to the new Sheriff.

Grady Judd began his career at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in 1972 as a dispatcher. He became a deputy sheriff the same year, and worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Colonel, the position he currently holds, as Commander of the Department of Administration. Sheriff Crow and his administration unanimously supported Grady's 2003 campaign for Sheriff, and he was successful, winning the election in the August primary.

The public and media are invited and encouraged to attend this ceremony. Photo opportunities will be made available. The public is asked to RSVP either by phone or email: 863-534-6353 or

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