County Engineer

Randy ColeAbout the County Engineer's Office

The County Engineer's Office provides professional recommendations to, and implements the strategy and policies of the County Commission; ensures a safe and passable highway and infrastructure system throughout the County at a good value to taxpayers; and enhances Shelby County's reputation as a leading County government body.

The County Engineer is responsible for over 1000 miles of roadway and 280 bridges throughout the Shelby County. The County Engineer oversees the day-to-day Highway Department operations which include a broad range of services including but not limited to:

  • Annual road construction and resurfacing
  • Bridge construction and repair
  • Culvert repair and replacement
  • Right of way maintenance
  • Administers flood plain regulations
  • Sign maintenance and traffic control upgrades
  • County Shop – maintenance of County vehicles and construction equipment
  • Provides engineering / maintenance / construction assistance for cities and the Shelby County Board of Education

Link to Highway Department Page

About the County Engineer

Kenneth R. “Randy” Cole serves as the County Engineer for Shelby County, Alabama, which is one of the fastest growing county in Alabama with an estimated population of 223,024. He manages an engineering staff which includes seven licensed professional engineers, seven certified bridge inspectors, a road department with about 90 employees and an annual budget of approximately $19 million. Through his office, the county is responsible for maintaining approximately 1,045 miles of public roads including 115 miles of rural unpaved roads. Shelby County also maintains 190 NBIS-Length bridges and hundreds more structures less than 20 feet in length.

In 1998, and again in 2011, Randy was elected President of the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA), the statewide organization that represents the state's 67 professional engineers employed by Alabama's county governments. He has twice been honored by the ACEA as the Alabama County Engineer of the Year; first in 1999, and again in 2007. In 1997 he drafted language concerning the definition of engineering surveying that was adopted by the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and which was subsequently incorporated into the law regulating the practice of engineering and land surveying. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ACEA.

In 1999, Randy was elected the Southeast Region Vice-President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). In 2001, he was re-elected to a second two-year term. In this capacity he represented county engineers in 11 Southeastern states on national issues which affect county government. He is an active member of NACE and served on the planning committee for the NACE 97 Annual Conference in Birmingham, AL. He has represented NACE on the National Association of Counties (NACO) Sustainability Leadership Team and the NACO Smart Growth Subcommittee. In 2003, Randy was elected Secretary-Treasurer, and in 2004 he was elected President-Elect of NACE. Randy was installed as President of NACE in April, 2005 at the NACE Annual Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Randy has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) and also as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ACCA's Self-Funded Workman's Compensation Insurance Program, providing insurance coverage for the employees of 60 of Alabama's county governments. In 1998 he was one of 21 Alabama officials appointed to serve on the President's Council of 21, a statewide group organized by the ACCA to plan its role in the 21st century.

Randy serves on the Advisory Board of the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA). The UTCA was created by a resolution of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System. The center will conduct transportation education, research, and technology transfer activities, using faculty members and students from all three schools in the University of Alabama System.

Randy is one of seven Shelby County representatives on the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Members of the MPO include local and State Government officials as well as representatives from the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). The MPO is responsible for comprehensive transportation planning in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. He recently completed a two-year term as Chairman of the MPO.

In 2006, Progress 280 appointed him as one of five members to the US 280 Elevated Roadway Technical Task Force. This group engaged the Figg Engineering Group to determine the feasibility of constructing an elevated roadway over US 280 to reduce traffic congestion. Randy served as the chair of that committee.

Randy is a professional engineer licensed to practice in Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2001 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UAB. In April, 2005 the Advisory Board presented him with the 2005 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

He is also a member of the UAB National Alumni association and the UAB Engineering Alumni Association. He is active in civic affairs in Shelby County, having previously served on the PTO boards of Oak Mountain Elementary School and Oak Mountain Intermediate School. He also served two terms as President of the Board of Directors of the Oak Mountain High School Athletic Boosters. Randy is married to Sherry and they have three children, twins John and Andy 21, and Michael 17.