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New CEO at Napoleon bank

The Napoleon State Bank, a locally owned bank announced that Leslie W. Kessens President and Chief Executive Officer will retire as of January 31, 2016. Mark Comer, executive vice president of the bank, will be the new President/CEO.

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Left, Les Kessens retires from The Napoleon State Bank. Mark Comer has been named the new CEO/President.

Kessens began his banking career in the Ripley County community in January 1981 as an assistant cashier/loan officer with The Napoleon State Bank. He was appointed to the board of directors in 1989. Then, in 1990, Kessens was promoted to President/CEO. His business leadership in this rural community spans over thirty-five years and includes serving customers, encouraging small business growth, and developing The Napoleon State Bank to what it is known for today.

“I began my professional career with The Napoleon State Bank in 1981, and I am proud to have been a part of the company’s growth and evolution,” said Kessens. “I have seen the bank grow from $17 million to $196 million in assets. It has been a very rewarding career.” Kessens further states that, “The Napoleon State Bank’s dedicated employees and management team have put the bank on a solid footing and I am confident that the company is well positioned for its next phase under the leadership and guidance of the new CEO.”

Mark Comer is a graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and received a Bachelor’s degree from IU Kelly School of Business. Comer began employment with The Napoleon State Bank in 1978 where he has served in several capacities including Holton Branch manager, lender, executive vice president, and secretary to the Board, among others. Comer was appointed to the board of directors in 1991. He is a member of The Hopewell Baptist Church and is married to his wife Marsha, has four children and 12 grandchildren.

“It is an honor to be a leader in a local community bank where I live. I am very excited about the future of The Napoleon State Bank and the communities it serves,” stated Comer. The bank serves Ripley and Decatur counties.

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Messer invites public to chats

Sixth District Indiana Congressman Luke Messer announced the first leg of his 2016 “Coffee with the Congressman” tour. This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress. These events are open to the public and the press. The closest session for Ripley County residents will be in Greensburg at Story’s Restaurant on Feb. 5 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Candidates must file by Friday for upcoming elections

As of Friday, 47 people have signed up for the local offices up for election. The filing deadline is Friday, Feb. 5 noon. Read the details in the Osgood Journal dated February 2.

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