Polk County’s Sheriff Grady Judd made history this week as he was sworn in to begin his fifth term today as Polk’s Sheriff. This will be the first time in 160 years of Polk’s history that a sheriff would remain in service for that long. Grady’s win came about in 2020 when his race for another term of sheriffdom was unopposed. His fifth term will run through 2024 when the next election takes place.
Want to learn more about the longest-running sheriff this here town’s ever seen? Let’s take a peek back at Grady Judd –– through the numbers:
- 1972. This was the first year Grady was employed by the sheriff’s office. Except this year, he operated as a dispatcher where he then transferred two years later to the patrol division.
- 2004. After serving in every rank, Grady Judd earned the title of “Sheriff” this year – the first of five terms he would soon serve.
- 2008-2016. Sheriff Judd was re-elected as Polk County Sheriff back to back for the next three elections.
- 46. Sheriff Judd reflected on the work of his deputies and detectives in a 2017 annual report which showed a 46-year low in reference to the county’s crime.
- 12. Back in 2018, Sheriff Grady Judd was one of twelve sheriffs nationwide to sit through a roundtable meeting with President Trump where he found himself sworn in as President of the Major County Sheriffs of America just one day later. 2018 was also the year, he also showed off those Polk County boots – you know the ones.