Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham will take over
Former Ector County Judge and TAC Judicial Program Manager Susan Redford will assume the position of TAC Executive Director on Jan.1, 2019. Current TAC Executive Director Gene Terry is retiring after 15 years. Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham will fill the vacancy left by Redford, becoming the new Judicial Program Manager of TAC’s Judicial Education Program.
Before taking office as county judge in 2015, Cunningham practiced law as a board-certified family lawyer in Houston and Llano County and served for five years as associate judge of the 246th District Court in Harris County.
“I am deeply humbled to be selected for this position and look forward to continuing to work with my fellow judges in Texas and the great staff at TAC,” said Cunningham.
The Judicial Program Manager oversees, manages and implements educational programs within the Judicial Education Program. They also manage grant programs and funds and act as liaison to TAC-affiliate member organizations on issues related to judicial education.
“The role of Judicial Program Manager is to provide whatever educational and technical assistance our county judges and other county officials require to better move cases through the county court system,” said Redford. “Judge Cunningham’s professional and judicial experience gives her a rare perspective that will take our judicial education program to the next level.”
“My goal is to continue the great judicial education programs that have made county judges and county government in Texas so successful. The Judicial Education Program has been a stellar success and is an exemplary result-oriented program,” said Cunningham. “Our county judges must continue to be provided with every opportunity for educational growth and timely information to assist them in the day to day issues which arise in their role as county judge.”
“We are extremely fortunate to have an attorney and professional of her caliber join our team. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her,” said Redford.
“I will work to provide our county judges with the information and assistance they need to be successful in their positions and assets to their respective counties,” said Cunningham. “I want Texas County government to be a beacon of excellence for the U.S.”
Cunningham, who is originally from Houston in Harris County, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She obtained her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2000. Cunningham is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Highland Lakes Bar Association.