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Bank executive leaving post

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By Mercy Lopez

A top executive of  Community 1st Bank has resigned his position to accept another job.

On Thursday, bank President Keith Tucker informed bank staff of the resignation of Executive Vice President Ernesto Salazar. Salazar, who is also a Las Vegas City Schools board member, has served an the executive vice president of the bank for roughly eight years.

In an email obtained by the Optic, Tucker writes, “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

In an interview Salazar said, “I have chosen to resign from Community 1st Bank to pursue other offers that have presented themselves. It was a difficult decision but the opportunities are intriguing so I decided to move on.”

During his tenure at the locally owned bank, he served as chief credit officer.

Salazar declined to release his next place of employment, but he said he is planning to take some personal time between jobs to help deal with father’s health issues.

He said that within the past few months, he has resigned from several boards and missed some meetings due to his father’s health issues. He said he plans to continue serving on the school board.

“I am going to miss my customers who I was fortunate to help over the last eight years,” he said.

Salazar said he plans to remain on the Las Vegas City Schools board where he is known to question the district’s finances.

Salazar’s replacement at Community 1st Bank has yet to be named.