Librarians attend meeting

Freda Edwards of Altamont Public Library, Brenda Edwards of McCune Osage Township Library, Kim Sterling, McCune Library trustee, and Jean Strader of Parsons Public Library attended the Southeast Kansas Library System annual meeting and continuing education day June 3 at Iola High School.

Training sessions during the day included “Tech Skills for Library Staff,” “Trustee/Director Roles & Relationships,” “Special Needs and How We Can Help,” “Hiring and Firing in Libraries” and “Library Planning.”

One hundred librarians, trustees and governor’s appointees met for the annual meeting to vote on the Southeast Kansas Library System annual budget, revise system bylaws and receive training. A banquet luncheon followed at St. John’s Parish Center, celebrating the 50th anniversary of SEKLS. Former employees, retired library staff from around the 15-county system and officials from across Kansas gathered to help the system celebrate.

Commercial Bank hires VP

COFFEYVILLE — Commercial Bank announced last week its recent hire of Montgomery County native Aaron Heckman, who will assume the role of vice president and branch manager of the Coffeyville facility.

“We are extremely excited to have Aaron join the Commercial Bank team and we look forward to him serving Montgomery County and Coffeyville,” Ray Jacquinot, Commercial Bank president, said in a statement.

Heckman brings a wealth of knowledge about the local area and an impressive background to his new position. Not only did Heckman grow up in the area, but also he graduated from Coffeyville Community College with an associate of arts degree and has served as the executive director for the Montgomery County Action Council since 2013. In addition to having graduated from Coffeyville Community College, he has a bachelor of science degree in business finance with a minor in economics from Baker University, and he is a graduate of Leadership Coffeyville. Heckman also brings prior banking experience with him as he served as an assistant manager and loan officer with another bank in the past.

“Aaron has a strong track record of working with businesses and individuals in Coffeyville. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Commercial Bank clients in our operations there,” Chuck Goad, Commercial Bank Independence, said in the statement.

Heckman has demonstrated a commitment to serving Southeast Kansas through his involvement with several local organizations, including the Kansas Economic Development Alliance as a board member, SEK Inc. as the workforce development co-chair, St. Andrew’s Catholic School Council as the president and the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs as the vice president.

“We invested in Coffeyville because we believe in the community and Montgomery County, we all will benefit from Aaron Heckman’s skill set and expertise. We are excited for him to join our team and help our communities grow and prosper,” Matt Sutherland, Commercial Bank vice president in Independence, said in the statement.

Heckman said of his new position, “I am honored to continue to work with the great people of Coffeyville and Montgomery County for an organization so deeply rooted in Southeast Kansas. Their investment mirrors my personal view of the community, that this is an area with a bright future, and I am looking forward to being a part of that with them.”

Commercial Bank operates nine banking facilities in seven Southeast Kansas communities, including three branches in Parsons and one each in Erie, Oswego, Independence, Chanute, Coffeyville and Caney. Founded in 1874, Commercial Bank is a full-service bank and is consistently rated one of the strongest, most stable banks in Kansas. In addition to providing consumer and business banking services, Commercial Bank also provides trust services, wealth management and owns Commercial Insurance Agency, an independent agency with locations in Independence, Parsons and Oswego.

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