Lucille Redding was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of her husband in 1963 by Ordinary Robert Abercrombie. In the Democratic primary in August, she beat Claude Abercrombie, R. L. Smith and E. L. Smith.
Aged 46 at the time of her election, she became the first woman to be elected sheriff in Georgia history. (Thirty-two years earlier, Lula Duggan Camp was appointed to succeed her husband, Thomas W. Camp of Campbell County.)
Following her term, Mrs. Redding retired to the family business, later operated by her son, Burnell Redding, and his family.