WestStar Bank in El Paso, Texas, has new leadership after the retirement of Larry Patton, its president and chief executive.

The $1.1 billion-asset bank said Tuesday that L. Frederick Francis, executive chairman since 2007 and a director with WestStar since 1996, is now chairman and CEO. David Osborn, who had been chief lending officer, is now president and chief operating officer.

Patton, 66, retired on Jan. 1 but will remain with the bank through March as vice chairman to help with the leadership transition. He was one of the first executives of the bank, joining it in 1990 when it was founded as Bank of the West. He became president in 1999.

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