Essex Savings Bank in Connecticut has hired Gregory R. Shook as vice president of administration.

He is responsible for retail banking, marketing, branch operations, and human resources.

Mr. Shook was senior vice president and secretary of administration at Branford Savings Bank, which North Fork Bancorp is buying. Before joining Branford he was vice president of administration at First Federal Savings, Madison, Conn., and vice president of marketing at State Home Savings Association, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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