Community Banks Inc., Millersburg, Pa., appointed president Ernest L. Lowe to be its chairman and chief executive officer and chairman, CEO, and president of its Community Banks subsidiary.

He succeeded Thomas L. Miller, who retired Dec. 31.

Mr. Lowe will relinquish the post of chief operating officer to Eddie Dunklebarger, president and CEO of Peoples State Bank, East Berlin, Pa.

Community Banks Inc. agreed last October to buy Peoples State and operate it as a subsidiary. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.

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