Pocahontas Bancorp in Pocahontas, Ark., said James A. Edington will become president and chief executive officer on April 30.

He will also hold those jobs at its Pocahontas Federal Savings and Loan Association. He is now executive vice president and secretary of both.

Mr. Edington will succeed Skip Martin, who will retire. Ralph P. Baltz is chairman of the $400 million-asset company.

The departing Mr. Martin joined Pocahontas Federal in 1972 and has been its president and CEO since 1990. He assumed those titles at the holding company when it was formed last year.

His father and a grandfather were also presidents of the thrift.

Joe Martin started there in 1954 and retired in 1996; Lannie Martin joined the thrift in 1936.

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