Sheriff Grady Judd Speaks On Visionary Leadership

Sheriff Grady Judd Speaks On Visionary Leadership


Recognized as a leader in the law enforcement profession, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd lives by the importance of first valuing the people he serves that makes every community a thriving place of peace and order. 


Join me in this episode of Someone Gets Me Sheriff Grady Judd Speaks On Visionary Leadership. ▶️


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✔️Notable positive changes in Polk County are attributed to Sheriff Grady Judd’s leadership. A visionary and hard worker, he was recently recognized as “Sheriff of the Year” by Major County Sheriffs of America. Sheriff Grady shares he has always wanted to work in law enforcement since he was four years old. “That was my dream, and I grew up and got to do exactly that. How many people can say they wake up every morning before the alarm goes off and come to work all excited to help someone? I get to do that every day.”


✔️The toxicity of American politics has created a huge divide in recent years. Sheriff Grady believes that upholding his mission of providing help to all regardless of affiliation, color, or interests is what is most needed now. “I dismiss all of this craziness that we’ve seen the last few years because that’s not the America I know, the America I grew up in. I get up every day, and I choose to see the good in people and respond to people who are struggling. And then we get to provide that help, and that’s pretty special to me.”


✔️For Sheriff Grady Judd, law enforcement is impossible without appreciation and concern for the people he serves. “You’ve got to love people first before you can lead them anywhere. And I love the people of Polk County, and I love the people in the Sheriff’s Office. Until you care about them as an individual first, nothing else matters. And that’s why I believe that I’ve been ultimately successful because people you love and care for will reciprocate.”


Grady Judd began his career at the Polk County Sheriff ’s Office (Florida) 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.


Sheriff Judd has earned higher education degrees through the Masters level – having obtained both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees 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 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, Protect Our Children Junny Award, the 2013 Callyo’s Leaders in Online Child Protection Award, as well as the 2013 Church Women United Human Rights Award. He continues to serve the community on several boards and committees, including the Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) and Polk Vision. He is a past President of the Florida Sheriffs Association and the immediate past President of the Major County Sheriffs of America, a national organization serving counties with a population of 500,000 or more. In 2020, he was appointed by the President of the United States to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention committee, for a three-year term.

Grady has been married to Marisa since 1972, and they have two adult sons and 13 grandchildren.

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