Lea Ester Redmond


Name: Lea Ester Redmond

Candidate for: Memphis Court Clerk

Date of Birth: 06-05-1963

Occupation: Retired Director Community & Legislative Affairs -Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

Educational Background:

    • High School: Oxford High School, 1981
    • College: Bachelor of Business Administration, LeMoyne Owen College, 2001
    • Masters/Ph.D (if applicable): Master of Public of Administration, Strayer University, 2012

Family: I am the youngest of 14 siblings, and I am married to Michael Terrell. I have no children’s but I have a cute little Shih Tzu name Buster.

Community Involvement: Board Member of Memphis PAL (Police Athletic League)
Founding Board Member of Memphis Bears, Inc
Executive Member of the Shelby County Democratic Party
First Vice-Chair Shelby County Democratic Party
Tri State Defender’s 50 Women of Excellence
Board Member of Pinky Promise International


Official Campaign Website: https://voteredmondcitycourtclerk.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leaester.redmondterrell


1. What background/experience distinguishes you from the other candidates who want voters to elect them?

Redmond’s response:

My previous position with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office as the Director of Community & Legislative Affairs has allowed me to develop relationships with City, County and State Legislators. These relationships and my lobbying experience will be valuable when resolutions and bills are presented pertaining to issues that will affect the Memphis City Court Office. I have proven management skills which will allow me to provide strong leadership within the office. My MBA in Human Resource and HR experience will help to create a climate of cohesiveness among office employees.
My goal is to create a climate of great customer service and fair treatment to everyone who comes in contact with the Memphis City Court Clerk’s Office.

2. What are the top three issues facing the City of Memphis?

Redmond’s response:

1. Eliminate old fines due to hardship.
2. Hold town hall meetings.
3. Create other resources that would allow citizen to retrieve ticket information.

3. What do you propose to address the three issues you rank as top priorities?

Redmond’s response:

1. Create a program that would allow citizen to qualify for community service and to work off their debt.
2. The townhall meetings will provide information to the citizen on the many different programs offered by the Clerk’s Office, and get their feedback.
3. Set up Kiosk machines in precincts where there are no hired clerks, free standing. Citizens can retrieve their information as well as pay on site through the kiosk machine. Citizens in need of clearance letters will be directed to the new site at the Department of Safety location.