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June 2016 Check Presentation

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

June 27, 2016. Photo by Tom Hagerty.

His devotion and passion for serving his community are unparalleled. His hard work and outspoken advocacy for justice makes an indelible impression on every life he touches. He is relentlessly driven toward his most treasured aspiration: creating a community where peace and goodness triumph. These noble qualities make Sheriff Grady Judd a truly inspirational and beloved figure in Polk County and beyond.

Sheriff Judd, a Polk State Alumnus and recipient of the 2003 Polk State College Distinguished Alumni Award, has a passionate devotion to education which goes hand-in-hand with his unshakable belief in uplifting our community. He epitomizes the spirit of giving back to Polk State, and the College is truly fortunate to have him as an ardent supporter.

Judd’s actions on behalf of Polk have had a lasting and transformational impact on Polk students, including the establishment of the Sheriff Grady Judd Scholarship that assists students seeking a degree in Criminal Justice. Judd has also been one of the strongest advocates for the building of the Polk State Center for Public Safety, which made its debut in January 2016.

At the Center’s grand opening, Judd spoke about how this facility would touch the residents of Polk County in the most profound way. “The men and women we teach here are the same ones who are going to save your life and your loved one’s lives one day,” he said.

On June 20, 2016, Sheriff Grady Judd was honored, most appropriately, at the first Polk State College District Board of Trustees meeting to take place at the Center for Public Safety. He was warmly welcomed and recognized for his support of Polk and for his special gift of $10,000 that established the Sheriff Grady Judd Scholarship.

Bonnie Parker, Vice Chair of the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors, expressed the College’s heartfelt appreciation for the generous support and advocacy Sheriff Judd has provided over the years for the benefit of Polk students. She noted the transformational difference Judd’s vital contribution has made, not only changing lives, but saving them.

Over the years, Judd has repeatedly expressed his strong belief in a highly-educated, critically-thinking workforce, as well as state-of-the-art advanced training. “The importance of higher education is ingrained in our agency’s culture,” he said. “It raises the level of professionalism in law enforcement. It makes our agency members better problem solvers and communicators. To put it simply, by educating and improving ourselves, we are able to deliver a higher standard of service to our communities.”

“Education gives our leaders a broader depth of understanding about the challenges facing law enforcement in the 21st century. Education makes us better — and our citizens deserve that.”

Pictured left to right: Mark G. Turner, Linda Pilkington, Sheriff Grady Judd, Dr. Eileen Holden, Dan Dorrell, Bonnie Parker, Greg Littleton and Cindy Hartley Ross.