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ARTESIA — The Board of Directors of Western Bank of Artesia have announced the election of Kenneth W. Clayton as chairman/chief executive officer (CEO), effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Clayton follows William M. Dampeer, who retired as the bank’s chairman and CEO following nearly 40 years of service to Western Bank.

Clayton has been a community banker for 31 years, the past 21 at Western Bank, and has served as the bank’s president since 2003.

A graduate of Karns City High School in Pennsylvania, Clayton attended the Western States School of Banking as well as the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He has represented the banking industry of New Mexico as the 2014-15 president of the New Mexico Bankers Association as well as a member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council in Washington, D.C.