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Matt Leah - HCSO PIO
J. Matt Lea
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

J. Matt Lea serves as the Public Relations Manager for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and is responsible for the management of the HCSO Public Relations Division. He is the central information and communications coordinator and spokesperson for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Lea’s background includes a notable career in public and government relations positions within the local, state, and federal government as well as the field of corporate communications. His previous positions include:

  • Public Information Officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Communications and Human Resource Development Manager for Schnellecke Logistics, USA
  • Special Assistant to the Mayor and Municipal Lobbyist for the City of Chattanooga
  • Field Representative for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
  • Legislative Aide to former Tennessee Senate Minority Leader, David Fowler
  • Former volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Soddy Daisy Fire Department

Mr. Lea holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mr. Lea holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Matt is married to his wife of thirteen years, Sharon Lea, and together they have two daughters, Madison and Arabella James. They reside in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

He is published in several magazines and ornithological journals including Chattanooga Parent Magazine, Bird Talk Magazine, the Tennessee Gardening Journal, and www.birdchannel.com

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Note: This number is for media-related inquiries only. If you have requests regarding Inmate Information, you may use our web-based service Inmate Information Online, or use our automated service by dialing 423-209-7000, and pressing 2 for Jail Information.
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