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.
The County Administrator is the chief executive officer of County government under the auspices of the Taylor County Board of County Commissioners. It is the responsibility of the County Administrator to implement all decisions, policies, goals, programs, and motions of the Board.
The County Administrator’s Office in conjunction with the Director of Finance and the Clerk also recommends an annual county operating and capital improvement budget to the Board and coordinates the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting agendas and workshops.
The position of County Administrator is a combination of administration and advisory, it includes researching options and alternatives for the Board as they enact legislative and policy direction for County government. The Administrator then implements the ordinances, resolutions, and policies of the County Commission in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and delivers essential services to the citizens of the county as established and resourced by the Board.
The Administrator also represents the Board as a liaison between the Board with the other elected officials of Taylor County, as well as state and other local officials.