Michael F. Elliott resigned Thursday as chairman and chief executive of National City Bancshares, citing "concerns for his family and a desire to pursue other interests."

Mr. Elliott, who had served as chairman and chief executive officer since January 1998, also gave up his seat on the $2.2 billion-asset company's board of directors.

Robert D. Vance, senior vice president and a National City director, will serve as interim chairman and chief executive officer until a permanent replacement is named. Mr. Elliott, 47, steered National City through 11 community bank acquisitions in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois last year.

In January, the company itself was in talks to be acquired by CNB Bancshares, also of Evansville, but negotiations broke off earlier this month.

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