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.

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