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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/6/2013 

 Sheriff Grady Judd Elected President of the Florida Sheriffs Association  

On Monday morning, August 5, 2013, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was elected to serve as the 2013-2014 Florida Sheriffs Association President.  He was installed Tuesday night, August 6, during the closing ceremony of the FSA Annual Conference, held in Marco Island, Florida.  Sheriff Judd will hold the FSA President position for one year.  Sheriff Judd is the first Sheriff in the history of Polk County to serve as the President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. 

There are five designated FSA Officers; they are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.  These members are elected by all member Sheriffs present each year at the FSA Annual Summer Conference.   

This position marks the fifth position of FSA leadership for Sheriff Judd.  He has served as FSA Board Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President.    

The 2013-2014 slate of officers, unanimously elected by the Florida Sheriffs is: 

President, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd

Vice President, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar

Secretary, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell

Treasurer, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings

Past President, Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton 

As FSA president, Sheriff Judd brings a life-long commitment to fighting crime beginning his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a dispatcher.  After transferring to the Patrol Division in 1974, he quickly progressed through the ranks – holding every rank from Sergeant to Colonel.  Polk County overwhelmingly elected Grady to serve as Sheriff in 2004.  He has subsequently been re-elected in 2008 and 2012. 

Sheriff Judd has earned higher education degrees having obtained both a Masters and Bachelor degree from Rollins College.  He 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.  He was a recent participant of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP).  

Sheriff Judd has taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College.  He is a Polk County School Board Hall of Fame inductee, a past recipient of Polk State College’s prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the 2011 Protect Our Children Junny Award, and the 2013 Callyo’s Leaders in Online Child Protection Award.  He continues to serve the community on several boards and committees, including Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and Polk Vision.  

Quote from Sheriff Judd:  “I consider it an honor to serve as President of this great Association.  Together, the Sheriffs of Florida have helped push crime to historic lows and worked to keep criminals in jail and off the streets of our neighborhoods.  We will continue these efforts to keep our communities safe and secure.” 

The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation made up of the 67 Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state.