Assistant City Manager


Lee Howell serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Saginaw. Prior to serving as Assistant City Manager, Lee Howell was sworn in as Chief of Police for the City of Saginaw in the Summer of 2018.

Lee Howell oversees the Police Department, Library Services, Information Technology, as well as the Project Manager of the Senior Center and Library 2021 Bond Program. 

Prior to joining the City of Saginaw, he 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.

Lee 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, 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.

Lee 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.