Another community bank CEO took over this week as the top credit union regulator in Ohio.
The state's new Republican governor, John Kasich, named Charles Dolezal, former CEO of Zanesville's North Valley Bancshares Inc., as superintendent of the Division of Financial Institutions which oversees banks, CUs, savings banks/savings & loans.
Dolezal replaces Carolyn Bradford, also a former Franklin small bank CEO, who departed last Friday and was an appointee of former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.
"We're working now to set up our first meeting to sit down with Dolezal and find out how much he knows about credit unions," said a spokesman for the Ohio Credit Union League.
Dolezal, with 33 years experience in the banking sector, is a native of Orrville and previously was head of National Bancshares Corp. and First National Bank, both of Zanesville. He is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Banking.
Bradford, former head of Community National Bank of Franklin, had held the regulator job only since July, replacing former Mahoning County Treasurer John Reardon, who returned to Youngstown. Bradford landed the regulatory job after her former bank ended up in a 2009 merger.
Strickland, the former governor, appointed Greg Kidwell, CEO of Members First CU in Columbus, to the state's Credit Union Council to serve a three-year term. The council is part of the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions and is made up of seven members who provide advice and recommendations on issues of importance to credit unions to the regulatory agency and the governor.