Town Manager's Biography

Derrik M. Kennedy has been involved in municipal government and management for over a decade. An
experienced leader and outspoken advocate for professional municipal management, Kennedy remains
a dedicated servant to state town/city manager associations and to the International City/County Managers
Association (ICMA).

Derrik’s relationship with the Town of Westerly began in 2015 when he was appointed as the
Town’s 17th Town Manager.  Since his hire, Derrik has focused on the Town's financial stability and growth, infrastructure improvements, organizational development, and capital planning. 

Kennedy is a member and former 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 currentlyh pursuing his Master of Science degree is Organizational Leadership through the School of Business at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Kennedy currently holds the 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