Ted Lakey began his career in local government with the City of Birmingham Police Department in 1984. In 1998, he moved to Pensacola, Florida, to manage a Correctional Facility that was part of the Public Works Department. During his tenure with Escambia County, he served as Interim Public Works Director. In 2003, he was selected as County Administrator for Jackson County, Florida, where he held the position until 2015.
Lakey is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's degree in Communications, and minors in both Management and Political Science. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.
As County Administrator, Lakey serves as chief executive officer responsible for discharging management functions to the following departments: Building & Planning, County Library, Emergency Management, Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Extension Services, Fire & Rescue, Grants & Social Services, Human Resources, Public Works, Special Projects and Technology & Information Systems.