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Kerr Named County Administrator

Posted on: May 9th, 2024 | News and Announcementsfeatured newsPress Releases

 

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. – The Mobile County Commission appointed E. Edwin “Eddie” Kerr to the position of County Administrator at its Pre-meeting Conference on May 9, 2024.

On March 1, 2024, Kerr was named Interim County Administrator in advance of the retirement of Glenn L. Hodge.

Kerr has been employed by the Mobile County Commission since 2006 in increasingly responsible positions, including Deputy County Administrator and Environmental Services Director. Before joining the County, Kerr worked for Thompson Engineering.

In the role of County Administrator, he will oversee the daily operations of more than 20 departments or programs and serve as Chief Clerk for the Mobile County Commission.

As Deputy County Administrator and Interim County Administrator, Kerr has been instrumental in the Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to the development and implementation of the Mobile County Commission’s American Rescue Plan Act Strategic Spending Plan for its $80.26 million federal allocation aimed toward pandemic recovery and growth efforts. He also plays a key coordinating role to help elected officials and department heads achieve long-term and short-term goals, as well as to prioritize vision and needs in the development of the Mobile County Commission’s annual budget of over $200 million.

Among many accomplishments in other County roles, Kerr oversaw the Environmental Grant Program and Project Implementation for Mobile County, which has resulted in over $200 million in capital improvement projects, coastal resiliency projects, and other projects financed through more than 10 state, federal and other funding programs including those resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident (oil spill).

Kerr is a Professional Engineer who holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama.  He is very active in the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). He has completed the National Association of Counties’ High-Performance Leadership Academy.

He represents the Commission on the Executive Committee of the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency Authority Board and serves as Chair of the Gulf Coast Resource, Conservation, and Development Council. During his tenure with the County, Kerr has worked with numerous governmental, civic, and nonprofit organizations and other elected officials to help achieve goals set by Mobile County Commissioners.

Kerr is a lifelong resident of Mobile County. He and his wife Sonya Johnson Kerr have three daughters. In his spare time, he plays guitar and enjoys music of all kinds. 

 

COMMISSIONERS SAID:  

Merceria Ludgood, District 1:  “Eddie’s wide range of knowledge, not only of the departments and processes, but of people, and his personal integrity, fill me with confidence as he steps into this new role. He has excelled in every position he’s held within the County and we expect him to do the same as County Administrator.”

Connie Hudson, District 2: “Through his many years with Mobile County, Eddie has worked to refine his broad range of knowledge, skills and abilities in a manner that makes him uniquely suited to the role of County Administrator. I look forward to working with him in this new role.”

President Randall Dueitt, District 3“I’m delighted that we’ve named Eddie Kerr to be our new County Administrator. He knows and has done so much, from presenting opportunities to the planning and implementation of major projects, his work to date has made a difference to the County. We’re confident he’ll continue to make a difference as the Commission’s Administrator.”

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