History was made at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office today when Sheriff Grady Judd promoted Detention Captain Kimberley Marcum to the rank of Major, making her the first female in the agency to achieve that rank.
Major Marcum began her career at PCSO as a detention deputy in 1995, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001. Five years later, she achieved the rank of Lieutenant, and was promoted to Captain in 2011, where she has commanded the Central County Jail in Bartow. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in business management and a Master’s degree in criminal justice from Troy University. She is also a Certified Public Manager (Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University). She is also a certified Florida Model Jail Standards inspector, and supervised the PCSO Honor Guard for years.
During her acceptance speech at today’s promotional ceremony, Major Marcum said, “I will not argue, it is pretty cool being the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Major. However, it does not mean that I am the one and only woman to possess the tenacity and aptitude to make it. There are others on the path; there is no ‘glass ceiling’ here. Ladies, the door is wide open.” She expressed her excitement to lead and act as a role model for both men and women at the agency, and her gratitude at being selected among the other highly qualified candidates with whom she works.
Major Marcum is originally from Miami, Florida. She is 42 years old and lives in Winter Haven with her husband, Scott, who is a Polk County deputy sheriff, and their son Zachary.
“It is my great honor to promote Major Kim Marcum to this milestone, where I know she will continue to excel and give 110%. Through the years, Major Marcum has never shied away from a task she’s been assigned – in fact she tackles each assignment with such gusto and enthusiasm, we know that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to. She truly is a shining star here at PCSO, and I could not be more proud of her.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
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