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County Bank names new CEO

Capital Corp of the West, the Merced-based parent company of County Bank, announced Tuesday that it has hired a new CEO.

Richard Cupp, who most recently served as president and CEO of the newly chartered 1st Century Bank in Los Angeles, will begin Thursday at Capital Corp of the West, the only publicly traded company headquartered in Merced County.

Cupp, who has worked in the financial services industry for more than four decades, replaces outgoing CEO Thomas Hawker. After 17 years with County Bank, Hawker announced in January that he would retire as soon as a successor was named.