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Six Rivers National Bank in Eureka, Calif., has appointed chief financial officer Michael Martinez as interim chief executive officer, succeeding John Burger.

Mr. Burger, who was president as well as CEO, retired this month from those posts at the $200 million-asset bank and resigned from its board.

Six Rivers is looking for a permanent president and CEO, a spokesman said. He said Mr. Martinez and the bank's new chief lending officer are the leading candidates.

The new lending chief, Shelton Francis, started work Monday. Mr. Francis, who has more than 35 years of banking experience, was most recently a consultant in Phoenix, but before that he held a series of high- level jobs with Connecticut community banks.

Those jobs included president and CEO of National Bank of Fairhaven from 1990 to 1993 and of Liberty Bank in Middletown in 1988-89, as well as senior vice president at First Central Bank in Hartford from 1985 to 1988.

Earlier he worked in Massachusetts-as an executive vice president and senior loan officer at Bank of Boston from 1974 to 1985, a senior loan officer at Southeastern Bank and Trust Co. from 1969 to 1974, and vice president and credit officer at Bay Bank Merchants from 1962 to 1969.

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