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New president named for local bank
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TRINITY — Lee Haggard of Diana has been named as president and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of Trinity. Haggard was selected by the bank's board to fill the post left vacant by the April 7 death of Jesse "Butch" Gibson. Haggard formally took over the reigns of the local bank on June 24. Interim President Bill Connell has returned to his post as executive vice president. The new bank president said he has enjoyed meeting Trinity area residents over the past several weeks and enjoys the community. "I'm a small town banker and it's been a perfect fit for me so far," he said. Haggard, who will mark his 30th year in banking this December, said he is currently evaluating the local operation to see if any changes need to be made. The only change put in place so far is a move become more competitive on loan interest rates. "One of our goals is to continue to work with our customers to provide them with the service they need and deserve," he said. Haggard and his wife, Paula, have four grown daughters. Prior to coming to Trinity, he served for the past 10 years as president and CEO for the Security State Bank headquartered in Ore City. That bank had locations in Ore City, Diana and Jefferson. From 1994-2003 he was a vice president/branch manager for Citizens National Bank in Jefferson and from 1983-1994 he served as an assistant vice president/loan officer for First National Bank of Jefferson. Haggard attended Kilgore Junior College, the American Institute of Banking and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He also earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree from Texas A&M Texarkana. He also served as president of the Ore City Economic Development Corporation, is a past member/president of the Jefferson Lions Club, was a co-founder and past present of the Ore City Lions Club and is a former member of the Jefferson Independent School District's board of trustees. At the age of 13, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America and served as a scoutmaster for 10 years. He also served as a trustee for the First United Methodist Church of Ore City.