Citizens Bank has named Greg Gani as its new chief executive officer for the Carthage and Center locations.

Gani has 33 years experience in banking and lending.

“We welcome Greg to our team,” Citizens Bank President and CEO Sammy York said. “Not only does he bring a strong foundation of banking experience and building customer relationships, but he shares our core values and our commitment to excellence for the benefit of our community and our customers.”

Gani is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University. In addition to his banking experience, he has also worked in law enforcement, including with the Marshall Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Panola County District Attorney’s Office.

As a Marshall resident, Gani attends Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, is a graduate of Leadership Marshall and serves with the Noon Optimist Club in Marshall.

“I am excited and grateful to come to work for such a strong and established financial institution,” said Gani. “I look forward to contributing to the further growth and success of Citizens Bank.”

Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones has been named 2nd Vice Chairman of the East Texas Council of Governments’ Executive Committee. Jones will serve in that role through Sept. 30, 2020.

The Executive Committee meets monthly to carry out goals and programs established by the ETCOG Board of Directors. Jones first joined the committee in October 2016. She also serves on the Chief Elected Officials/Rural Transportation Planning Organization Board and the Budget Committee.

123rd District Judge LeAnn Rafferty has been selected to serve on the Children Justice Act Task Force for the State of Texas.

The CJA program was established at the federal level in 1986 to improve investigations, prosecutions and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. Rafferty will serve on a task force that helps make policy recommendations to improve the child protection system.

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