He will start serving in the position July 1, replacing Chief Judge J. Preston Silvernail.
Dickey, who has been a judge in Seminole County for 34 years, was elected unanimously by a vote of other judges in the circuit. In his new position he will oversee 42 judges and a budget of more than $15 million.
Dickey was elected as a judge in Seminole County in 1976 and a circuit judge in 1990. Before being elected, Dickey served as an assistant state attorney and assistant public defender.
He is the longest-serving judge in Seminole and Brevard counties.
“I am particularly pleased to hand over the reins of leadership to someone with Judge Dickey’s experience and expertise,” said Silvernail. “I know he will be an excellent chief judge.”
As the circuit’s top leadership position, Dickey is responsible for managing the court’s resources and services as effectively and efficiently as possible, despite reductions in budget and a caseload that continues to grow in volume.
Dickey is a life-long Florida resident and a graduate of Ransom - Everglades School, in Coconut Grove. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stetson University in DeLand and his juris doctorate from the University of Florida College of Law.