Essex Savings Bank, Essex, Conn., has named John A. Barr Jr. president and chief executive officer.

He also was elected a director of the bank.

Mr. Barr joined the bank in 1992 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He was recently named acting chief executive officer, succeeding Douglas H. Olson, who resigned in December.

Before joining Essex, Mr. Barr was senior vice president and treasurer for Farmers and Mechanics Bank, Middletown, Conn..

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