Mayor Keith Hedrick
“When I ran for Mayor in 2017, I had many goals and aspirations about bringing positive change and moving the City forward into the future. Today, I still work toward those goals, however they are no longer the driving force behind why I head into the office each day. Now, my driving force is giving back and helping those who reside in the City, those who may have been overlooked in the past, felt their voices weren’t heard, or were underserved.
One thing I enjoy most is when I’m able to volunteer at the mobile food pantry on the fourth Friday of the month. Although it’s a somber occasion since it is a result of City residents being food deprived, it feels good that as a Municipality we are able to give back to the community and help those that are in need.
When I talk to those who volunteer alongside me, they feel so good at the end at the day for what they’ve been able to contribute to the community. That’s how I’ve felt by being given the opportunity to lead the City of Groton for the last six years. It truly brings me joy to give back to the City that I’ve lived and worked in for over three decades, in hopes of making it the best possible place for future generations, including the children whom I’ve had the privilege to get to know by reading to them monthly at Riverfront Children’s Center, Branford Manor, and Head Start.
This really is a special city, and it’s been an honor to serve.” – Keith Hedrick, Mayor
About the Mayor
Keith Hedrick, a City resident and retired U.S. Naval Officer - Nuclear Field, has been the Mayor of the City of Groton since May 2017. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served for six years on the City Council, the last two of which he was appointed Deputy Mayor.
In addition to his civic service, Mayor Hedrick has sat on the Board of Directors for the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation; USS Groton Sail Foundation Campaign; and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. In addition, he served on the Advisory Council for the Submarine Force Museum and was a member of the Southeastern Connecticut Council for Governments; Joint Land Use Study Implementation Committee; and Groton Bank Day.
Mayor Hedrick served In the U.S. Navy Submarine Force for 23 years. He started as a nuclear trained Machinist Mate who was later commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program. After retirement he was the Operations Manager for AECOM, a local government contractor for 16 years.
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mayor Hedrick resides in Groton with his wife of over 30 years, Joyce Hedrick.
During his tenure, Mayor Hedrick is particularly proud of the following accomplishments:
- Residents’ taxes have decreased or remained flat for the first six years under his leadership. He has been able to accomplish this due to greater than budgeted revenues and allocating the additional funds where they will impact City residents most.
- The municipality was able to navigate the COVID pandemic without a significant interruption of services. During the height of the pandemic, the City partnered with Ledge Light Health District to provide vaccine clinics and testing sights at the Municipal building. In addition, they were able to take vaccine clinics on the road to provide services to even more residents - offering clinics at the Farmers’ Market, food pantries, and numerous housing complexes.
- The sale and subsequent restoration of the much debated and discussed Anna Warner “Mother Bailey House” located at the corner of Thames and Broad Streets. The historical landmark was purchased by a local contractor who has begun work to restore the home to its original glory.
Looking ahead through November 2025, Mayor Hedrick will continue to address issues associated with resiliency, parking, economic development, walkability and bikeability.
His office will continue to look at economic development opportunities in the five corners and Thames Street areas – including the development of distressed properties. In addition, he will continue working on parking issues on Thames Street and residential areas including the revision of a parking ordinance. Finally, the City is developing plans to expand the Birch Plain Creek Trail from Thomas Road to Poquonnock Road where it can connect with the Sassacus Trail in the Town of Groton.