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story.lead_photo.caption McClinton retiring from Peoples Bank

Jill McClinton, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Peoples Bank, will retire effective Nov. 22, according to the lender’s CEO, Mary Fowler.

Jill’s 43-year career began in July 1976 and includes stints as a proof operator, teller and cashier before joining the management team. She is a native of Magnolia and completed the ABA Basic Banking School, ABA Lending School and ABA Management School. Her community involvement includes Relay For Life, Magnolia Blossom Festival Publicity Chairman, Magnolia Blossom Festival Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer and the Pilot Club.

“As chief operations officer and executive vice president of operations, Jill has helped us navigate through countless regulation and system changes, all while ensuring the highest standard of operating efficiency,” said Folwer in a statement issued Tuesday. “As a member of the Board of Directors, she has been a consistent source of strength and her expertise has proven to be indispensable to the overall success of our organization. She leaves behind big shoes to fill, but true to her nature, she has long been preparing her team for this transition. Although it’s never easy to say good-bye to a mentor or friend, we are happy for her as she enters this new and exciting phase of her life.”

Jill is married to Charlie McClinton. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church. The couple has three children: Todd Jackson, Amanda Downs and Roger McClinton. They are also blessed with three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In her retirement Jill is looking forward to having more time doing what she enjoys including interior design and landscape design, according to Tuesday’s news release.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked for this organization for the past 43 years and five months,” she said. “Harold Fincher and Richard Clark took a chance in hiring an 18-year-old with no banking experience -- just a desire to have a good job. I have always been proud to be a banker. This position has held the responsibility of loyalty and dedication that I took pride in. I hope the bank continues to enjoy great success, both professionally and financially.”

A reception honoring Jill will be held Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank’s Harold Fincher Operations Center at 500 N. Jackson. The public is encouraged to attend.

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