Citizens Bank congratulates two of its officers on their retirement and announces the hire of their new president and chief operating officer and executive vice president and chief lending officer.

Citizens Bank’s current President and CEO, Sammy York, released his plans to retire at the end of 2021 after a 49-year career in banking. York has been with the bank since August 2004. He will retain the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Kenneth Plunk announced he will be retiring from the bank at the end of August. Plunk has been in banking for 45 years and started at Citizens Bank in July 1990.

Roland Velvin has been hired as the new President and Chief Operating Officer. He will add the title of Chief Executive Officer on 1/1/22 upon York’s retirement.

“I am excited to join the team at Citizens Bank and look forward to continuing the great work that Sammy implemented and accomplished during his tenure at the bank,” Velvin said.

Velvin comes to Citizens from First Lockhart National Bank, where he had served as President and CEO since 2008. During his time in Lockhart, the bank — which had only one location prior his arrival — opened three new branch locations under his leadership in Austin, Kyle and San Marcos. Before his time at First Lockhart National Bank, Velvin was with City National Bank in Kilgore from 1991 to 2008, where he was President and CEO at the time the bank was sold to Austin Bank.

Velvin graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of business administration with a major in accounting. He is also a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas and he is a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma.

Velvin has been extremely active in his community. He is past chairman of the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, past board member and rreasurer of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, and a member of the Charter Review Commission for the City of Lockhart. During his time in Kilgore, he served as chairman of the United Fund, he was treasurer and on the board of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and he served on the board of the Laird Memorial Hospital Foundation. When he is not working, Velvin enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with his two grandchildren.

To succeed Kenneth Plunk, the Citizens Board of Directors has selected John Mills as the new executive vice president and chief lending officer. He joins Citizens after a 20-year career at Spirit of Texas Bank in Tyler, formerly Citizens State Bank. Mills most recently served as regional president and had responsibility for the lending activities for seven East Texas locations. Previously, he had spent time with First Federal and Regions Bank, both in Tyler.

“After 28 years in community banking, it’s exciting to continue my career with such a respected bank”, Mills said. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler where he received a bachelor of business administration with a major in marketing/management. Mills has served as a mentor with Mentoring Alliance, volunteered with the Tyler ISD and graduated from Leadership Tyler. He and his family are active members of Grace Community Church, where John serves as an Elder, is on the stewardship committee as well as being on the board of Grace Community School.

Mills has also served on the Community Bankers Council of the Texas Bankers Association. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, attending Texas A&M football games and being outdoors hunting, fishing, running and playing golf.

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