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Our Team


Don T. Arkle, PE
Chief Engineer, ALDOT

Don Arkle was appointed Chief Engineer in January 2016. His duties include the planning and design of Alabama’s state, U.S. and interstate highway system. Arkle previously served as assistant chief engineer for policy and planning. He spent 25 years in ALDOT’s Design Bureau, and was bureau chief prior to becoming assistant chief engineer. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in civil engineering.


DeJarvis Leonard, PE
East Central Region Engineer, ALDOT

Mr. Leonard began his employment with ALDOT while attending college. Positions he has held include Project Inspector/Survey Crewman, Assistant Project Engineer, Project Engineer, District Engineer in Madison County, and the Assistant Division Engineer for County Transportation, in the former First Division. For the past 16 years, he has served as Division Engineer for the former Fourth Division. He was appointed East Central Region Engineer October 2014.
He received a BS degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Alabama A&M University and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.


Geneva Brown
Asst. Region Engineer, Local Roads and County Transportation

Geneva M. Brown is a 39 year employee with ALDOT that has worked in numerous positions during her tenure. She has served as Plans & Design Engineer, Asst. Construction Bureau Chief as Special Projects Engineer, Asst. Third Division Engineer as County Transportation Engineer and is currently occupying the position of Asst. Region Engineer with oversight of Local Roads, County Transportation and IT Sections.


Mike Mahaffey, PE
Asst. Region Engineer – Operations, ALDOT

Mr. Mahaffey began his career with ALDOT in 1974 as an Engineering Assistant on construction projects. He has served as a Project Engineer, District Engineer, worked in Maintenance and Materials Sections, before being promoted to his current duties.

He is a 1980 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.


Lance Taylor, PE
Asst. Region Engineer – Pre-Construction Engineer, ALDOT

Mr. Taylor, a 20 year ALDOT veteran, has worked in the Maintenance and Construction Bureaus before being named to his current position. He is responsible for the oversight of all division preconstruction activities including design, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation.  He is also responsible for supervising a wide range of personnel to conduct these activities and managing multiple consulting firms.
He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering and holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Alabama.


Gary Smith, PE
Birmingham Area Construction Engineer, ALDOT

Mr. Smith joined ALDOT in 1990 and worked on various construction projects as a Project Inspector and later as a Project Engineer. He later served as a District Manager prior to being appointed to his current position.

He received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama.


Russell Taylor
Transportation Manager, ALDOT

Russell has been with ALDOT for approximately 23 years now. Two years of this have been as a District Manager of the Blount/St. Clair County area and the other 21 in the Construction portion. He started as an Engineering Assistant I and progressed to the Transportation Tech. level where he began managing projects throughout the Birmingham and Walker County area. After managing projects for the last decade, Russell obtained the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control license and has been promoted as a Transportation Manager as the Stormwater Coordinator for the East Central Region.


Linda Crockett
Public Information Officer, East Central Region

Linda Crockett is a 20 year State employee with 16 years at ALDOT. She worked for 15 years as a Public Information Officer for the Central Office before transferring to the East Central Region.
She received her BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Alabama State University.


Tony Harris
Governmental Relations Manager/ Bureau Chief, Media & Community Relations, ALDOT

Mr. Harris has worked in communications, public relations, and governmental affairs since 1993. He joined the Director’s staff in November 2004 where he serves as ALDOT’s primary spokesman with the news media and manages the Department’s Media and Community Relations Bureau.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Troy State University, and has completed graduate studies in Public Administration. He is a 2005 graduate of the National Transportation Management Conference, and is also a graduate of Wiregrass Leadership Institute, one of Alabama’s regional leadership development programs.