Evans Bancorp in Hamburg, N.Y., has hired John Connerton to become its chief financial officer.

Connerton succeeded Gary Kajtoch, who resigned from the $921 million-asset company in early November to pursue other interests. Connerton had been the company's controller since November 2009.

"Following a thorough search of internal and external candidates, it became apparent that [Connerton] was the right person to become the next CFO," Evans Chief Executive David Nasca said in a press release Monday that Connerton "has provided outstanding service as the company's treasurer and controller and as a senior finance executive for several years. He has deep knowledge related to the company's investments, business, and strategy, which will allow for a swift and seamless transition."

Before joining Evans in 2002, Connerton was a senior auditor specializing in banking, health care and manufacturing clients at Deloitte.

Nick Snyder, who had been a financial manager in the corporate reporting department at M&T Bank, was hired to succeed Connerton as controller.

In September, Evans agreed to pay $825,000 to settle a lawsuit regarding alleged mortgage redlining.

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