Meet the Police Chief


Chief of Police

Lee Howell began his law enforcement career at the Denton Police Department in February of 1981. He served as a Patrol Officer and field training officer, Detective, Sergeant in Criminal Investigations and Patrol, and a Lieutenant over various assignments including Internal Affairs and the Office of Professional Standards, Special Operations, and Criminal Investigations and the Narcotics Unit.

Chief Howell spent 16 years as a member of the Denton Police Tactical Unit, including 8 years as Commander. He was promoted to Captain in 2002.

In January of 2005 Chief Howell was recruited by Sheriff Benny Parkey to serve as Chief Deputy Sheriff for Denton County and then returned to the Denton Police Department as Chief of Police in October of 2011.

Chief Howell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the Southwestern Law Enforcement 30th Management College.

During the summer of 2018, Mr. Howell accepted the position of Chief of Police with the City of Saginaw. He began his first day of work in August 2018.