Captain Howell is a native of Walton County and a 22 year law enforcement veteran having served in both state and local agencies. He began his career as a police officer with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department before being appointed deputy sheriff with the Walton County Sheriff's Office in 1995.
In 1998, he joined the Florida Highway Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, where he was selected as a canine handler and drug interdiction officer and liaison for highway interdiction efforts with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), El Paso Information Center (EPIC), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). He was selected as the agency's canine instructor and received intensive training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Canine Training Academy in El Paso, Texas.
Captain Howell joined Sheriff Adkinson' s administration in January of 2009 as special operations commander, managing the beach patrol, traffic enforcement, K-9 teams, aviation unit and marine unit functions. He also served as patrol watch commander and criminal investigations commander, leading all investigative functions including person's crimes, property crimes, narcotics/vice, and crime scene/evidence. He is a graduate of the 242nd session of FBI National Academy. In 2008, he was honoured with Florida's highest award for public safety by being selected "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by Florida's Attorney General and Cabinet for his success in drug interdiction cases.