Community First Bank in Seneca, S.C., has overhauled its executive management team, including naming new chief executive, financial and credit officers.

Richard Burleson Jr. was named the bank's new president and CEO, following an 18-month stint as Community First's interim chief credit officer. William West was also promoted, taking on the role of CFO after working part-time as the bank's projects and communications coordinator.

Burleson and West both started in their new roles Jan. 5 and received regulatory approval in late March, Community First said Thursday in a news release.

Additionally, Victor Grout joined the management team as chief credit officer. He most recently served as chief banking officer at Greer State Bank.

Burleson and West also have experience in banking beyond Community First. West began his career as a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency, and Burleson founded Crossroads Credit and Portfolio Management, which provided financial institutions services ranging from interim executive management to third-party loan review.

"I believe we now have a strong team in place," Burleson said in the release. "With the help of our exceptional group of employees, we have already begun the restructuring of our bank and look forward to a bright future for Community First and an even better banking experience for our customers."

The $369 million-asset Community First has seven branches in Oconee and Anderson counties in South Carolina.

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