Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a new state insurance commissioner. Alan McClain has been named to lead the Arkansas Insurance Department.
Since 2015, McClain has served as the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services commissioner, an agency under the umbrella of the Department of Commerce. “Alan has been a stalwart leader within Workforce Services and Rehabilitation Services, and he will be equally vigorous and steadfast as insurance commissioner,” Hutchinson said in a statement.
He will be taking over for Allen Kerr, who announced on March 4 his intent to resign from the insurance commissioner position. Kerr’s last day in the role will be March 27, and he will reportedly be pursuing private sector opportunities.
The Arkansas Insurance Department is also underneath the Department of Commerce. Secretary Mike Preston worked in consultation with Hutchinson to determine the new insurance commissioner. “I know firsthand Alan has the experience and a perspective that will benefit the Insurance Commission during a time when the changes in the industry will require steady leadership,” Preston said.
In his new role, he will oversee state insurance law and regulation enforcement, examinations, insurance fraud prosecution, and consumer protection.
McClain began working in state government with the Arkansas Insurance Department in 1992. He joined the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, where he worked for 13 years and served as the CEO for nine years. He later joined the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services in 2015 as commissioner.
He earned an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.