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Second Bancorp. in Warren, Ohio, has elected president and chief executive officer Rick L. Blossom as chairman too.

He succeeded Alan G. Brant, who will remain a director.

Mr. Blossom, 53, was also elected to the newly created chairmanship of the company's $1.5 billion-asset Second National Bank, of which he is also president and CEO.

He has held the executive titles since joining the organization in 1999. Before that he had held them at First Financial Bancorp. in Hamilton, his employer for 16 years. (He was also a director of its principal subsidiary, First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio.)

MIDDLE ATLANTIC

Sterling National Bank, the principal subsidiary of Sterling Bancorp in New York, has hired James O'Donohue as a commercial lender in its Park Avenue branch and Tim Collins as the manager of its Grand Central branch, both in Manhattan.

They were both named vice presidents and report to John C. Millman, president of the $1.2 billion-asset bank.

Mr. O'Donohue was a vice president and loan officer at Commercial Bank of New York, his employer for 11 years. He has 15 years of commercial banking and lending experience.

Mr. Collins was a branch manager at Banco Popular North America in New York, his employer for nine years. He has 25 years of banking experience.

First Financial Bank in Downingtown, Pa., has hired Margaret H. Leimkuhler as the vice president in charge of deposit services, item processing, information management, facilities, human resources, marketing, compliance, and security.

Ms. Leimkuhler was the chief administrative officer and a vice president at Keystone Financial Corp. in State College, Pa., which Olympia Financial Corp. of Buffalo bought last year. Before that she had been a vice president and the branch operations administrator at Frankford Bank in Horsham, Pa. (now part of Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co. of Buffalo). She has 16 years of banking experience.

First Financial has $521 million of assets.

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Foothill Independent Bancorp in Glendora, Calif., has promoted Casey Cecala, the top credit officer of its Foothill Independent Bank.

His duties did not change, but his title and rank did. Formerly senior credit officer, he is now chief credit officer; formerly a vice president, he is now a senior vice president.

Mr. Cecala has worked for Foothill for 10 years and has 20 years of banking experience.

Foothill Independent Bancorp has $512 million of assets.

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