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Commerce Bank, Kansas City, Mo., hired Christie E. Francis to be vice president and portfolio manager in the investment management group.

Ms. Francis had been a portfolio manager at Boatmen's Trust Co. in Kansas City.

In addition, the affiliate of Commerce Bancshares:

*Hired R. Mark Ford to be assistant vice president and commercial card product manager in the bank card center. He had been a territory manager in merchant sales at Bank IV in Wichita, Kan.

*Promoted Brian D. Wohler to commercial loan officer. He joined the bank in 1990 and had been a senior loan review analyst.

*Hired David K. Darby to be a trust officer in the investment management group. He had been an investment representative at First Federal in Kansas City and, before that, an investment consultant at Kemper Securities in Kansas City.

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