On November 7, 2023, Mr. Sydnor was elected as Mayor of the City of Laurel and sworn in on November 27, 2023.
First elected in November 2017 as Council member and having served three terms, 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 is also employed with the Prince George’s County Public School System as a substitute teacher from March 2021 to the present.
Keith worked in law enforcement for more than 22 years. In early 2019, he retired as a 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 the Petersburg, Virginia Sheriff's Office.
Keith 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.
Mr. Sydnor is also a current member of the following organizations:
• The 100 Black Men of Prince George's County, Inc.
• High School Basketball Official with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO 134)
• High School Football Official Washington District Football Officials Association (WDFOA)
He has also devoted his time as a volunteer referee for the Maryland State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. Always authentic and loyal to his team, Keith has the heart to serve.
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 also served as the Vice President of the Board for Vistas II Laurel Lakes Condominium Association.
As a published author, Keith is also an alumnus of Virginia State University.