Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell is a native of Oxford, Mississippi. She is the youngest of fourteen siblings. She attended and graduated from Oxford High School, and received her B.B.A -Bachelor of Business Administration from LeMoyne Owen College. She holds a M.S.A- Masters of Science in Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a M.P.A-Masters of Public Administration from Strayer University.
Mrs. Redmond-Terrell was recently appointed by Judge Dan Michael in December, 2019 as Deputy Administrator (DMC) Disproportionate Minority Contact. Lea Ester comes to Juvenile Court after working as the Chief Legislative Liaison for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office appointed under the leadership of Former Sheriff Bill Oldham.
Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell was the first African-American woman appointed to serve as Director of Community and Legislative Affairs with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and in her role, she advocated and promoted community and legislative affairs locally and on the state level with Tennessee Sheriff’s Association. She also developed and maintained youth services initiatives and implemented programs designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Sheriff's Office. Her many accomplishments include the orchestration of partnerships between the law enforcement and various nonprofit organizations, such as Shelby Youth Sports, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Mediation and Restitution Reconciliation Services, Pink Eagles, Open Arms Care, the American Cancer Society, the "Man of the House" Mentoring Program, and the April 4th Foundation.
Mrs. Redmond-Terrell organized several fundraisers, enabling the Shelby County Sheriff's Office to donate more than $70,000 to nonprofit organizations and SCSO adopted school. Lea Ester has worked closely with state legislators on behalf of the citizens of Shelby County. In addition, in 2014 Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell was selected by the Tri-State Defender as one of the "Fifty Women of Excellence". She was also recognized in 2014 by the Tennessee House of Representatives “House Joint Resolution HB 600” of the One Hundred Ninth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, in honor of Black History Month.
Mrs. Redmond-Terrell remarkable success as a public servant and civic leader is directly attributable to her reliance on the time-honored values of hard work and common sense and her uncommon ability to work well with people from all lifestyles.
Lea Ester Redmond-Terrell is wholly committed to the noble precepts of public service that have earned Tennessee recognition as the "Volunteer State," and she continually works hard in the community serving everyone day after day.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Michael W. Terrell and their dog Buster.