Captain Tony H. Howard was born in 1967, weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces. The Doctors informed his parents that he would not survive overnight. Eighteen years later, he graduated from Clarke Central High School in 1985.
Captain Howard began his Law Enforcement career in 1993 with the Clarke County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff. He attended and graduated from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in 1993. After four years of service, he was promoted to Corporal and was over Courthouse Security. He successfully completed the Georgia Department of Corrections Tactical Squad Basic Course (Riot Control Team).
From 2002-2004, Captain Howard Law Enforcement career went in another direction when he accepted employment with The Athens-Clarke County Marshal Code Enforcement as a Deputy Marshal. After extensive training, he assisted the county in enforcing code violations throughout the county.
In 2004, Captain Howard accepted a position with The Athens-Clarke County Police Department and worked his way up the ladder. In 2005, he was promoted to Senior Police Officer and assigned to the Weed and Seed Unit. From 2005 to 2007, Captain Howard received an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix. In 2009, Captain Howard received a National Award, the Michael K. Conner Public Service Award, an award that acknowledges law enforcement officers who have provided exemplary leadership and outstanding service on behalf of Weed and Seed communities in their jurisdiction.
In 2011, Captain Howard was critically wounded by a fleeing suspect by getting shot in the face and in the back while investigating a crime. After undergoing eleven surgeries, he returned to work within six months. When he returned, he worked in the Office of Professional Standards completing background checks, recruiting, and internal affairs. From 2011 to 2013, Captain Howard received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.
In 2017, Captain Howard was promoted to Corporal's, where he returned to Days East as a Supervisor. In 2018, he was promoted to Sergeant and remained on shift until 2019, where he was transferred to Records Management Unit.
In 2020, Captain Howard was promoted to Lieutenant and was transferred to Community Oriented Policing, where he is the Unit Commander of the Community Outreach Division.
Captain Howard is married with four children and is very active in the Community. He has attained several certificates of achievements regarding his professional career as a Law Enforcement Officer. He is a member of the Timothy Baptist Church where he is over the safety Ministry, he is an Executive Board Member of the Clarke County Mentor Program and Member of Felony Drug Court.