Tom Lackey was elected to his first term as councilmember for the City of Palmdale on November 8, 2005. He was re-elected on November 3, 2009 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2, 2009 to January 5, 2011. He was renamed Mayor Pro Tem on January 9, 2013.
Lackey is a sergeant with the Highway Patrol. Since beginning his law enforcement career in 1985, Lackey has worked in Los Angeles, El Cajon, Baldwin Park and the Antelope Valley. Earlier in his work life, Tom was an elementary special education teacher in Rexburg, Idaho.
Lackey was raised in Boron and graduated from Boron High School. He was active in student government in both junior high and high school and was named "Who's Who Among American High School Students." Lackey 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 to 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. He was an executive council member of the Antelope Valley School Boards Association and was 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. They have two children, Justin and Jani.