Union Savings Bank in Danbury, Conn., has hired a chief operating officer.

Cynthia Merkle has joined the $2.5 billion-asset mutual as executive vice president and COO, it announced Friday. She assumes responsibility for Union Savings' finance and treasury operations, residential and consumer lending, information technology and facilities, project management and process management. 

The bank did not immediately respond to requests for further details.

Merkle joins Union Savings following more than 20 years at Eastern Bank in Boston, where she oversaw consumer finance and mortgage banking, the news release says. She is also the former chair of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association and of the Fannie Mae Advisory Committee.

"Throughout her career, [Merkle] has demonstrated strong leadership and initiative across business units and functions, along with a keen ability to quickly identify a bank's challenges and opportunities and put successful programs into place," Fran Dattalo, president and chief executive, said in the news release.

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