PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council has selected Councilmember Tom Lackey to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the City. Lackey’s term began on Jan. 9 and will run until the Council selects a new Mayor Pro Tem at the Jan. 2014 meeting.
The Mayor Pro Tem assumes the responsibilities of the Mayor in his or her absence.
Lackey was elected to his first term as councilmember for the City of Palmdale on Nov. 8, 2005. He was re-elected to a second term on Nov. 3, 2009 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2, 2009 to January 5, 2011.
Lackey is a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Since beginning his career with the CHP in 1985, Lackey has worked in Los Angeles, El Cajon, Baldwin Park and the Antelope Valley. Prior to his employment with the CHP, Lackey was an elementary special education teacher in Rexburg, Idaho.
Raised in Boron, Lackey graduated from Boron High School, where he was active in student government in both junior high and high school and was named “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” He was awarded the rank of “Eagle Scout” from the Boy Scouts of America in 1976.
Prior to completing his associate of arts degree, Lackey served a two-year mission for his church. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Utah State University.
Lackey represents the City Council as a delegate of the California State Prison – Los Angeles County, Citizens Advisory Committee and as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. Lackey also serves as the 2nd Delegate for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District Number 20, and was appointed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to serve as a Director on the Metrolink Southern California Regional Rail Authority.
Lackey is an active member in a number of Antelope Valley civic organizations, including the Antelope Valley Crime Task Force, Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force and Antelope Valley Republican Assembly. He was elected to the Republican Central Committee in November 2008. Lackey was an executive council member of the Antelope Valley School Boards Association and was also a governing board member for the Palmdale School District prior to his election to the City Council.
Lackey and his wife, Theresa, have lived in Palmdale since 1995 along with their children, Justin and Jani.