Prior to joining CTAS in August 1995, Brett was a newspaper editor with experience in university public affairs. Brett Howell, Communications Specialist, holds a Master of Public Administration from Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism from Tennessee Technological University, where he also received a minor in history. Brett earned the Certified Public Manager designation in 2019. Since joining CTAS he has been responsible for public policy and fiscal analysis, particularly as it relates to how the state budget and proposed legislation impacts county governments statewide. Brett is also the managing editor of Tennessee County News.