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‘Just a Kid With a Dream’ Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd Takes The Oath of Office

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was officially sworn in Tuesday to his 5th term as Polk County’s Sheriff, by the Honorable Chief Justice Charles Canady.

Sheriff Judd is the only Sheriff in Polk County’s 160-year history to be elected to five terms.

“For us to say for more years, as we’ve seen the unrest in places like New York City, Portland, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and other cities, and have witnessed communities ravaged by lawlessness engine. I always come back to the same comment, praise God we live in Polk County, Florida with Grady Judd our Sheriff; that will not happen in this county because of your ardent commitment to law and order. Your passion to protect the citizens of our county,” said Pastor Jay Dennis.

“I was just a kid with a dream, and I didn’t realize it until much later, but I know now, beyond the shadow of the doubt, that this journey was a preordained mission from God,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

“I appreciate and thank the community who is always supported the sheriff’s office team. This can is made up of hundreds of thousands of great people. Because of their support attitude and generosity, they make us feel loved and appreciated every day. If not for you the community, the wonderful people of this county, this job would be absolutely impossible,” said Judd.

In a heartfelt recorded video message from Judd’s Father, who passed away in February 2020, Grady Judd Sr. said, “Son, I’m proud of you. You are a natural-born leader, and you always will be. So always remember that Dad and Mom were behind you, every step of the way, and we were always on your side, in your corner. We were your cheering section. Always remember, Dad loves you.”

Sheriff Grady Judd concluded his speech by saying, “I’m thankful for each and every one of you. Now as I enter my fifth term of office, I promise you. I will continue to do all I can to lawless loyalty serve you to keep you safe. Stay in the middle of God’s will. Thank you for this opportunity. May God continue to bless this country the men and women of the sheriff’s office and our police departments and this great United States of America.”

You can watch the full ceremony and clips below.


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