Now retired, Jeff Howell has held positions (volunteer, paid, and combination) in Law Enforcement (sworn and non-sworn), Emergency Medical Services, Search and Rescue, Medico-Legal Death Investigation (Coroner), Emergency Communications, Emergency Management, U.S. Public Health Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has written several articles on a number of Public Safety subjects which have appeared in such publications as Emergency Medical Services, Firehouse, Fire Chief, and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Having been diagnosed with it himself, he is an advocate for the awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) especially among First Responders. In 2005, he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. He is a Secular Humanist and a legally ordained minister, and is the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity, Doctor of Humane Letters, Bachelor of Science, and Doctor of Philosphy (h.c.).