November 25, 2019, Keith Sydnor will be starting his second term in Laurel, MD as Councilmember for Ward 2
First elected in November 2017, Keith is a dynamic and motivating leader who is dedicated to the progress of people, his country, and his community. Born and raised in Petersburg Virginia, Keith has been a resident of Laurel, Maryland since 2003.
Keith worked in law enforcement for more than 23 years. In early 2019, he retired as Pretrial Services Officer for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia. He has served as a Correctional Officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a Correctional Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections, and a Deputy Sheriff for Petersburg, VA Sheriff’s Office. Having served 24 years, he is a retired Chief Petty Officer from the United States Navy. His illustrious military career includes two deployments to the Persian Gulf; a 2001 mobilization for Operation Noble Eagle (9/11); and two deployments to Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has visited six continents, and with patience and resolve has displayed a willingness to learn about and understand other cultures.
In September 2019, Keith graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Public Policy’s Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. Keith currently serves on the following committees: the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, the Educational Advisory Committee, the Maryland Municipal League Engagement & Outreach Committee, the National League of Cities and the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee.
In addition to his human service career and military service, Keith served as the Chairman of the Veterans Committee of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1456. Keith serves as the Vice President of the Board for Vistas II Laurel Lakes Condominium Association; as an International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) 134 High School Basketball Official; and a Washington District Football Officials Association (WDFOA) High School Football Official; Baltimore Washington Corridor Officials Association (BWCOA) Fort Meade intramural basketball & flag football league official.
He has also devoted his time as a motivational speaker for runaway teens in transitional living, an elementary school lunch buddy, a youth football coach, a mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sisters Program, a mentor for at-risk high school dropouts through the Maryland Free State Challenge Academy, and a volunteer referee for the Maryland State Special Olympics.
Always authentic and loyal to his team, Keith has heart to serve. A published author, Keith is an alumnus of Virginia State University and a Certified Addictions Counselor in the District of Columbia.