There is a new chief deputy in town.
Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley announced Monday that he had hired Bostwick’s Keith Howard to be the new chief deputy at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Howard ostensibly is filling a slot left vacant by former Capt. Chris Bish, who recently accepted a state position with the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Howard, who also serves as a member of the Morgan County Board of Education, comes to the department with a vast knowledge in both law enforcement and administration. For the past 16 months Howard has served as an inspector with the Georgia Board of Regents to bring uniformity to college police forces.
“My task as an inspector was to implement their recommendations,” he says.
Prior to that, he served from 2005 to 2015 as the assistant director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. In that capacity, he said, he managed an $18-million-per-year budget and 145 employees. The center, based in Forsyth, trains law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other public safety employees.
From 1990 to 2005, Howard was a special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and served as one of five persons on the crime analysis unit who served as a criminal profiler.
Howard, 53, recently retired from his state post.
“It was just great timing,” he said of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office job. “I just didn’t have a desire to go back to Atlanta.”
Markley said he was looking forward to Howard’s impact on the office. “I’m very excited. Keith is a good fit. His personality lends itself to working in a small town sheriff’s office.”
Howard also is currently an adjunct professor at Columbus State College, where he received his Masters in public administration, as well as teaching at Thomas University and Reinhardt University.
Howard’s family moved to Morgan County when he was 5 years old after his father, Doug Howard, was given a post at the Georgia State Patrol Post in Madison. He is married to Bostwick City Council Member Angie Howard and has two sons.