Community Financial Corp., Olney, Ill., promoted Wayne H. Benson to chief executive officer, succeeding Shirley B. Kessler who relinquished the title pending her retirement next year.

Ms. Kessler, 63, had announced earlier that she would retire at the end of 1999. She remains president of the $308.6 million-asset company, as well as president and CEO of its flagship Community Bank and Trust subsidiary, posts she has held since 1986.

Mr. Benson, 44, is executive vice president of Community Bank and Trust.

In addition, Community Financial elected Mr. Benson, Roger L. Haberer, and Gary L. Graham to its board.

Mr. Haberer is a director of Community Bank and Trust, and Mr. Graham is a director of MidAmerica Bank of St. Clair County, another Community Financial subsidiary.

Community Financial is also the holding company for American Bank, Egyptian State Bank, and Saline County State Bank.

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