Harris Financial Inc., Harrisburg, Pa., elected Robert E. Kessler, a director of its Harris Savings Bank since 1978, to be chairman, a newly created post.

He was also named chairman of Harris Savings. Mr. Kessler is the retired president and chief executive officer of Kessler's Inc., Lemoyne, Pa., a meat and food processing and distribution company.

Harris Financial has $2.2 billion of assets and 33 branches in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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