Barnes named president of The Callaway Bank

The Callaway Bank is seeing a shuffle in leadership.

At its October meeting, the board of directors named Kim Barnes president of The Callaway Bank, while confirming that Bruce Harris will continue as CEO.

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Kim Barnes

Barnes, who has been with The Callaway Bank for more than 25 years, will retain her positions as chief operating officer of the bank, and executive vice president of the holding company, Callaway Security Banks, Inc.

“Kim has been with the bank in a continuously expanding and meaningful role for over 25 years. This is a very positive event for the bank in a lot of ways,” Bruce Harris said in a press release. “I couldn’t be more comfortable knowing that Kim is at the helm.”

The first president in many years who is not a Harris, Barnes said “Bruce and the other members of the Harris family have created a climate where it is possible for someone like me to step into the fold, and we appreciate that.”

“It’s an honor,” Barnes said. “I’ve had such a string of mentors here at The Callaway Bank who have all helped me, and Bruce has taken such care to mentor me and prepare us all for this transition.”

In compliance with Harris’ wishes, Barnes and Marketing and Public Relations Director Debbie LaRue said that transition is intended to be very low-key.

“This is business as usual, just us doing what we do every day, and doing it well — and that’s what we’re doing,” Barnes said.

A 1986 graduate of William Woods College, Barnes started at The Callaway Bank as a lobby assistant. For the past several years she has served as senior executive vice president and chief operations officer, and was appointed to the board of directors in December 2011.

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