Speak Up-Speak Out panel member named new Arkansas State Drug Director

Chief Kirk Lane and Governor Asa Hutchinson

Chief Kirk Lane and Governor Asa Hutchinson

Benton Police Chief and William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation, Speak Up-Speak Out panel member, Kirk Lane was appointed  to serve as the new Arkansas state drug director, by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.  The drug director coordinates the state's alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs in addition to other duties.

Governor Hutchison said “Chief Lane was chosen for his extensive experience in law enforcement and his background with the FBI, and he is a dedicated leader who has been a valuable asset to several Arkansas drug and alcohol boards and programs. I am confident that he will continue to do an outstanding job working to further alcohol- and drug-abuse prevention and treatment initiatives of our state. ”

Chief Lane stated his new role is a "great opportunity to lead people in the same direction to prevent drug abuse and improve the quality of life for all Arkansas.” “My job is to encourage people to work together to resolve these issues, and I look forward to being a part of the Governor’s team in this effort.”

William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation, Executive Director, Scott Doerhoff stated that “ anyone who has ever had the privilege of working with Chief Lane knows his unwavering commitment and passion for protecting Arkansans and especially the children from the perils of substance use and abuse.”  

Excerpts taken from Arkansas Democrat news