Longtime Lawrence banker Robert K. Georgeson has been named president of Douglas County Bank.
Georgeson has been employed the past 32 years at First National Bank, most recently as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. He succeeds Joseph Kelly, who was promoted to vice chairman at Douglas County Bank.
Kelly, who has been at Douglas County Bank since 1961, also will continue to serve as that bank's chief executive officer.
Georgeson said this morning that the move to Douglas County Bank represented an opportunity to continue his career at an autonomous bank.
"I'm going to be working with a locally owned bank a unit bank instead of a multibank holding company," he said. "This is banking as I experienced it for most of my career."
Until the first of the year, First National Bank was owned by MidAmerican Corp., a holding company that also was parent to Merchants National Bank in Topeka and MidAmerican Bank & Trust in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. However, MidAmerican was acquired by Mercantile Bancorporation Inc. of St. Louis., a holding company that operates about three dozen banks in Missouri and Illinois.
John Elmore, president of First National Bank, said he had made no move to replace Georgeson. Despite his institution's new affiliation with Mercantile, Elmore said, no changes are planned in First National's operations.
"This bank will remain a stand-alone bank," Elmore said.
Georgeson, a Lawrence resident since 1954, is a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka and the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis.
He is president of Cottonwood Inc. and treasurer, a director and member of the executive committee of DCCCA, a drug and alcohol abuse agency of which he is a founder.
Georgeson also is a member of the steering committee of Horizon 2020, the community's long-range planning program.
He is a past chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence Housing Authority, and past president of the Lawrence Jaycees. He recently completed a three-year term as trustee of the Valley View Care Home.