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Godfrey Announces He will not Seek 4th Term as Sheriff

Sheriff Mike Godfrey has served as Sheriff and Collector since 2011. Sheriff Godfrey has announced that he will not be seeking a 4th term in the upcoming 2016 election.

“It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of Polk County, not only as Sheriff, but as a law enforcement officer since 2000. I am especially proud that I was able to earn the trust of the citizens of Polk County as your elected Sheriff and Collector.”

Godfrey added, “I have found, as Sheriff, I can never make everyone happy. I have always strived to do what I believed to be in the best interests of the citizens of Polk County. I have tried to be consistent, fair, and always use good morals in my decision making.”

Godfrey acknowledged the support of the staff that has supported him through his time as Polk County Sheriff, “When I worked for Sheriff Mike Oglesby, he gave me a piece of advice. He said, ‘always hire people who are smarter than you are. They will make you look good.’ He was right. I would like to thank the employees who have worked for me at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Jail, and Tax Office. I would not have been successful without you.”

He added, “While I am saying thank you, I must recognize my family. I don’t know how many holidays, ball games, and family functions I have missed because of my law enforcement career. Thank you to my family for their love and support.”

Godfrey will remain serving as Polk County’s judge through December 31, 2016 and shared a final thought, “If I may have a final thought for the citizens of Polk County, it would be the following: You may not always like, or agree with, local law enforcement but they are here to serve you. They are no doing the job for the glory, or to get rich, they do it because they love it. They love to help people. They are here for you, so please be there for them.”



  1. I want to thank Mike for his service and the great job he and his department have done over the last 4 years and look forward to that continuing through the remainder of his term. I’ve always found Mike easy to talk to and a hard worker for the citizens of Polk County.

  2. I’ve used this term before, but it bears repeating: Mike Godfrey is a thoughtful professional. He listens and thinks instead of simply reacting according to “how an LEO does things”. He has set a standard for the Sheriff’s Office considerably higher than he found it, and will be missed.

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