“Today’s announcement is the result of the most transparent and thorough hiring process the State Board of Agriculture has ever undertaken,” said Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles, who serves as SBOA chairman. “With Dr. Flynn’s regulatory animal health background and Dr. Hagan’s on-the-farm experience, we have a top-notch team to lead our Office of State Veterinarian.”
The State Veterinarian and Deputy State Veterinarian are the chief executive officers of the State Board of Agriculture and lead the KDA’s Office of State Veterinarian in its statutory and regulatory activities to prevent, control, and eradicate communicable diseases in the agricultural animal health sector.
A search committee approved by the board recommended Drs. Flynn and Hagan to the State Board of Agriculture. Dr. Flynn replaces Dr. Robert Stout, who announced his intention to retire from the department in December of 2020. Prior to joining the KDA as the Homeland Security Coordinator in 2003, Dr. Stout had served as an equine and large animal veterinarian since 1973. He was appointed Kentucky State Veterinarian by the SBOA in February 2004.