Kennedy ran Rickey's Lawn Service before joining the Birmingham Department of Public Works. He held that job for seven years before moving to Chicago. He returned in 2002 and rejoined Public Works. As a landscaping supervisor, he headed a 12-person crew which maintained city-owned landscaping from Carver High School to downtown, including the Civil Rights District, Linn Park and City Hall.
In April 2008, the Jefferson County Personnel Board declined to affirm Kennedy as director of Public Works because he does not have a college degree. The personnel board classifies Kennedy as "interim deputy" director. Ronnie Vaughn is listed as acting director. Langford plans to appeal the current board's decision, to a new board established under newly-passed legislation.
- Wright, Barnett (November 4, 2007) "Langford sets revamp of city departments." The Birmingham News.
- Bryant, Joseph D. (November 15, 2007) "Mayor's new staff no clean sweep." The Birmingham News.
- Bryant, Joseph D. (April 30, 2008) "Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford fights Jefferson County Personnel Board over Rickey Kennedy's appointment to Public Works director." Birmingham News.