Grady Judd was sworn in twice to an unprecedented fifth term as sheriff of Polk County. The first ceremony took place Tuesday morning at The Lakes Church. (See coverage by ABC Action News or The Ledger and view portions of his speech here or below.) In the afternoon, he was sworn in again in a joint ceremony with Polk County’s other constitutional officers: Stacy Butterfield, clerk of courts; Lori Edwards, supervisor of elections; Marsha Faux, property appraiser; Brian Haas, state attorney; and Joe Tedder, tax collector. Both ceremonies were presided over by Charles Canady of Lakeland, chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
Here are highlights from Judd’s morning speech: