Patrick W. Kilkenny has become president and chief executive officer of Redwood Empire Bancorp, Santa Rosa, Calif.

He succeeded John H. Downey Jr., who remains chairman.

Mr. Kilkenny was a Redwood Empire director and chairman and chief executive officer of its National Bank of Redwoods.

He was named president and chief executive of the bank at its founding, in 1985, but resigned the presidency after being named its chairman in January of last year.

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