A new president and chief executive officer has been named at a Leavenworth bank, replacing a longtime bank executive who has retired.

Randy Baker has taken over for Ron Romig, a lifelong Leavenworth resident who has been with Citizens Savings and Loan for more than 40 years.

“This is not about me. It’s about Randy and the transition,” Romig said.

Baker has had a long career in the banking industry, specializing in marketing, wealth management and commercial lending.

He said his biggest initiatives as president and CEO will be to revamp the company’s technology and expand the product base.

Baker, 49, a Denver, Colorado, native, got his degree at Kansas State University.

Prior to his appointment at Citizens, he was the CEO at Lawson Bank in Kansas City, Missouri.

Baker and his family currently live in Kansas City, Missouri, while looking for a home in Leavenworth.

Much like Romig, Baker said he has always been a community-minded person.

He said replacing Romig will be “big shoes to fill.”

Romig, a 1973 graduate of Leavenworth High School, graduated from Kansas State University on a Friday in 1977 and began working at Citizens the following Monday. He has worked at the bank ever since.

“This has been my only job,” Romig said.

Romig began his career at Citizens in accounting and was promoted to president and chief executive officer in 1986.

Working his entire career for a single organization is nothing new to Romig. He said his father, Karl, worked for 50 years at Great Western Manufacturing in Leavenworth.

Romig said many of the bank employees have been with the organization for years, including one employee who has been there 37 years.

“I love the community. Love the people. That is the most rewarding thing,” Romig said.

He said that the bank has a simple mission statement.

“Take care of the staff, take care of the customers and take care of the community,” he said.

Romig said he will stay active as a member of the Citizens Savings and Loan Association, FSB.

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