Jim Howell is the Management Information Systems (MIS) Director for Rockdale County. As MIS Director, Mr. Howell oversees Rockdale County’s computer infrastructure, implementation of new technology, system administration and security, the computer help desk for County employees, GIS mapping services, and all County telecommunications services.
A seasoned leader, Mr. Howell combines strong business acumen with an outstanding talent in advancing organizations through cutting-edge information technology (IT). He brings more than 30 years of professional information security and technology experience at organizations such as Georgia Technology Authority, IBM and Georgia-Pacific to Rockdale County. Most recently, Mr. Howell developed and managed IBM’s European Command Center in Boeblingen (Stuttgart), Germany, and facilitated the relocation of Georgia’s data center to a tier 4 facility in North Atlanta. His consulting work includes overseeing Industrie-Matematik, Inc.’s rollout of Kellogg’s multi-vendor initiative to bring quality accounting, manufacturing, inventory control, and transportation systems to Kellogg’s facilities, deploying in 17 languages across 38 countries.
Active in the technology community, Mr. Howell served as vice president of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI), vice president of Measurex’s Pulp & Paper Manufacturing User’s Group, vice president of IBM’s WebSphere User’s Group-Atlanta, and a member of the Project Management Institute. A Vietnam combat infantry veteran and recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, Mr. Howell is also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Howell earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.