LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 12, 2017) – Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced Kirk Lane, Chief of Police for the Benton Police Department, as the new Arkansas Drug Director. Chief Lane will replace former Arkansas Drug Director Denny Altes, who resigned in May of this year.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“Chief Lane’s extensive experience in law enforcement and his background with the FBI has well-equipped him to serve as the new Arkansas Drug Director. Chief Lane 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 Kirk Lane issued the following statement:
"This 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."
Benton Mayor David Mattingly also issued a statement on Wednesday:
“On July 11, 2017, Chief Kirk Lane tenured his resignation from the City of Benton and informed me his last day with the city will be August 6, 2017. He has accepted a position as Arkansas Drug Director for the State of Arkansas and will begin his new career on Monday, August 7, 2017. One of his most outstanding contributions was the introduction of the Community Policing Program, which broke down many barriers and made our Police Force accessible to all of our citizens. I wish Chief Lane well in his new position and know that the State of Arkansas is getting a top-notch professional to administer its drug interdiction programs.”
Chief Lane has served as chief of police for the Benton Police Department since 2009. Prior to serving in that role, Chief Lane spent more than 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and served as captain of its Criminal Investigations Division for nearly a decade. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy.
Chief Lane has also served as a member of the Arkansas Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Council, the Arkansas Gulf Coast HITDA State Board, the Terrorism Task Force, the Arkansas Prescription Drug Advisory Board and the Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Chief Lane has also received countless awards for his service including the Mayoral Distinguished Medal of Merit for Benton, 2010 Benton Citizen of the Year and the 2012 Marie Interfaith Award.