David Howard was born and raised in San Angelo. After graduating from San Angelo Central High School in 1983 he attended San Angelo State University where he was enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program. In 1988, he was hired by the San Angelo Police Department. Howard was promoted to Master Police Officer in October of 1994, Sergeant in July of 2001, and Lieutenant on March 25th 2010.
During his career, Assistant Chief Howard has been assigned to the Patrol Division, the K-9 Unit, the Rio Concho Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force, the San Angelo Police Department Narcotics Division as an investigator and then supervisor. He has also served as a supervisor of the Community Services Division and as the Police Department Public Information Officer. Assistant Chief Howard was promoted to Assistant in 2016 and currently supervises Support Services.