County's drug program leader retiring after 42 years


December 15, 2021

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Tony Howell is retiring after four decades with the Linn County Alcohol & Drug program.

Tony Howell's plans for his upcoming retirement after 42 years with Linn County's Alcohol & Drug program is a version of a popular restaurant menu item - surf and turf - although in his case, it means time spent whitewater rafting and working in his garden, not prawns and prime rib.

The 69-year-old's new adventure will begin Jan. 1.

The best part of his four-plus decades with the county has been the "people," he said. "And by the people, I mean our clients and our staff. I've seen individuals and even second generations of families get better and learn to use tools to overcome their ad...

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