Speaker Lane

Arkansas State Drug Director Kirk Lane was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson on August 7th, 2017. Previous to this Director Lane served as the Chief of Police for the City of Benton, Arkansas. Director Lane began his law enforcement career in 1982.  In 1986, he went to work for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years rising to the rank of Captain. In January of 2009, Lane retired from Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office as the Investigation Division Commander and was appointed the Chief of Police of the Benton Police Department until his retirement in August of 2017.

He has attended the University of Virginia and University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Commander’s Academy, FBI LEEDA and the FBI National Academy 197th session.

He has served on board of the Criminal Justice Institute and represented Arkansas for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center.  He also was the Chairman of the Arkansas Chief’s Association Legislative Committee.

Director Lane currently serves as the Chairperson of the Arkansas Alcohol and Drug Coordinating Council, and serves on the Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Board, and the National Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

Director Lane is an active member of the Arkansas State Working Group for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and received the 2012 Marie Interfaith Leadership Award for his work in this area.

John Clay Kirtley, Pharm.D.

Executive Director

Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy


John Clay Kirtley, Pharm.D., completed his pre-pharmacy coursework at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy with his Doctor of Pharmacy.  As a student, he was an active leader in the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists on the local, regional, and national level, namely as the APhA-ASP National President-elect, President, and as a member of the APhA Board-of-Trustees.  As a pharmacist, he has taken an active role in the mentoring of future pharmacists through his work as a community pharmacist, Community Clinical Clerkship preceptor for senior students, and as an Assistant Professor at UAMS College of Pharmacy.  In his current position, John serves as the Executive Director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.  John currently serves as a member and President of the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education’s Board of Directors as well as the President of MALTAGON, a Professional Association of Boards of Pharmacy across the Southeast US.  John and his wife Melanie, who is also a pharmacist, live in Little Rock with their two children Allison and Jack.