William L. Bitner 3d said he plans to retire as chairman, president, and chief executive of Evergreen Bancorp and its principal subsidiary, First National Bank of Glens Falls, N.Y.

Mr. Bitner will continue as president and CEO of the holding company and bank until a successor is named.

His career at Evergreen spans 25 years.

Edward F. Allard has been elected chairman of the board of both Evergreen Bancorp and First National of Glens Falls.

He has been a director of the holding company and bank since 1988.

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