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Biography of: Sheriff Grady Judd 

 
 

Education/Leadership Training:

  • Master of Science Degree, Criminal Justice, Rollins College, 1981
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Criminal Justice, Rollins College, 1978
  • Associate of Science Degree, Police Science, Polk Community College, 1976
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy, Session 168, 1992
  • Senior Management Institute for Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Session 20, 1997
  • Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Chief Executive Seminar, Class 21, 1998
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), Session 47, 2003
  • National Sheriffs Association, National Sheriffs Institute, Session 89, 2005
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Executive Institute, Session 30, 2007
  • Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP), 2011

Professional Experience:

Polk County Sheriff's Office, 1972 - Present

  • Telecommunicator
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Colonel
  • Elected Sheriff in 2004, 2008 & 2012

Academic:

  • University of South Florida at Lakeland, Instructor, Criminology Department, 1988-2003
  • Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, Instructor, Criminology Department, 1981-1999
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida, Certified Instructor, Florida
  • Police Academy, 1973

Professional Affiliations:

  • Florida Parole Commission’s Parole Qualifications Committee, 2008 - 2012
  • State of Florida Medical Examiners Commission Member, 2005 - 2009
  • Major County Sheriffs Association, 2005 - Present
  • National Sheriffs Association, 2005 - Present
  • Florida Sheriffs Association, 2005 - Present
    • President, Present
    • Vice-President, 2012-2013
    • Board of Directors Secretary, 2011 - 2012
    • Board of Directors Treasurer, 2010
    • Board of Directors Chairperson, 2009 - 2010
    • Emergency Task Force Chairperson, 2009 - 2013
    • Legislative Committee Chairperson, 2005
  • Polk Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Chairperson, 2005 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Council, University of South Florida at Lakeland, 2002
  • International Association Chiefs of Police, 1998 - Present
  • Executive Committee Member, Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, 1998 - 1999
  • Polk County Police Chiefs’ Association, 1996 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Florida Metropolitan University, Lakeland, Florida, 1991 - 2004
  • FBI National Academy Associates, 1991 - Present
  • Police Executive Research Forum, 1990 - Present


Community Service:

  • Honorary Law Enforcement Committee Member, National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, 2012
  • Advisory Board Member, Citizen CPR, 2011 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, PACE Center for Girls, 2011 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Polk Vision, 2011 - Present
  • Board of Directors Member, Polk County Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE), 2008 - Present
  • Council Member, Polk Community College Workforce Council, 2007 - Present
  • Committee Member, National Sheriff’s Association Weapons of Mass Destruction Committee, 2005
  • Committee Member, National Sheriff’s Association Drug Enforcement Committee, 2005
  • Advisory Board Member, InterAct Alliance (Drug Prevention Resource Center), 2005 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Keep Polk County Beautiful, 2002
  • Chairman, American Heart Association Heart Walk, 2002
  • United Way, Central Florida Community Investment Team Member, 2002
  • Board of Directors Member, Drug Prevention Resource Center, 2001 - 2005
  • Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, 2000 - 2002
  • Chairman, Seniors And Law Enforcement Together Council, 1998
  • Board Member, Rape Crisis Recovery Center, 1998 - 1999
  • Honorary Member, Healthy Families Polk, 1998
  • Board of Directors, Bartow Rotary Club, 1996 - 1999
  • Leadership Lakeland, 1995 - Present
  • Executive Committee Chairman, Explorer Post 900, 1995 - 2003
  • Member, Bartow Rotary Club, 1994 - Present
  • Chairman, PCSO Historical Committee, 1994 - Present
  • Little League Coach, 1984 - 1991
  • YMCA Youth Sports Advisory Board, 1984 – 1990
  • President, Exchange Club, 1982

Awards & Recognitions:

  • Church Women United Human Rights Award, 2013
  • Callyo’s Leaders in Online Child Protection Award, 2013
  • Polk County School Board Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012
  • Junny Award, Protect Our Children, Inc., 2011
  • Christian Character Recognition, Ridge Baptist Association, 2011
  • Great American Hero Award, Freedom Federation, 2011
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2008
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Polk Community College, 2003
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary, 2000


Personal Information:

  • Married: Marisa Ogburn Judd, 41 years
  • Two sons; Nine grandchildren