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Director of the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory, Sam Howell retires



Sam Howell, Director of the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (courtesy of MDPS)

Mississippi Forensics Laboratory Director Sam Howell has retired after 36 years of service.

Howell has served the state of Mississippi for over 36 years and joined the laboratory in 2005. Howell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry in 1984. In 2019 he was presented with the Award for Excellence in State Government by the Mississippi State Personnel Board. His expertise extended into the fields of Forensic Toxicology and forensic Drug Chemistry and has served on several boards during his career. Currently, Howell is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is Board Certified as a Fellow by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists.

Sam Howell was celebrated by his colleagues at his retirement party. (Photo via Mississippi Department of Public Safety Facebook page)

“I will miss the laboratory and the professionals that work there,” said Howell in a press release. “The Forensics Laboratory plays a significant role in the law enforcement and criminal justice system in the state of Mississippi. I am proud to have been a part of that.”

“Sam has served the state of Mississippi for over 36 years. His hard work and commitment to the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory will always be remembered and valued,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “Filling Sam’s shoes will be a difficult task. With Sam’s assistance, we will conduct a nationwide search to find the most qualified candidate for the position.”

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