Derrik Kennedy  
Leadership Team
Title: Town Manager

Derrik’s relationship with the Town of Westerly began in 2015 when he was appointed as the Town’s 17th Town Manager.

Kennedy is a member and current President of the Rhode Island City/Town Manager’s Association. Further, Derrik currently serves on the ICMA Conference Planning Commission.  He has served on the ICMA Government Affairs & Policy Committee and Conference Evaluation Committee.

Prior to joining the Town of Westerly, Kennedy was the Assistant Town Manager of Enfield, Connecticut from 2013 to 2015. While in that position, among other activities, Kennedy established a successful Citizens Academy, Capital Replacement Plan, and worked towards a complete rehabilitation of the Town’s Water Pollution Control Facility and infrastructure. Under Kennedy’s guidance, the Town received its first and second Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. During his tenure in Enfield, Kennedy served on the Connecticut Town/City Managers Association Executive Board.

Prior to Enfield, Kennedy worked for the Town of Colchester, Connecticut. In that role, Kennedy was responsible for Human Resources, acted as the Chief Information Officer during emergencies, and assisted the Town in receiving its first and second GFOA, Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

Prior to Colchester, Kennedy worked in various roles for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). Primarily acting as a consultant for municipal leaders on effective town management, Kennedy worked on both general government and labor relation activities. Kennedy interned for a year at the Connecticut General Assembly and then for a year CCM.

Kennedy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in both History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where he was a member of the Political Science Honors Society. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Connecticut, West Hartford, and is pursuing his Master of Science degree is Organizational Leadership through the School of Business at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Kennedy has received his ICMA Credentialed Manager (CM) designation.

Kennedy has lived in several states and communities and now resides in Old Saybrook, Connecticut with his wife, Kelley, and two children, Caleb and Eisley

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