Submitted (From left) Citizens Bank CEO Pete Williston is pictured along with current executive vice president Tommy Anderton and current president Joe Carter. Carter will be retiring in June, and Anderton will assume the role of the bank’s president.

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(From left) Citizens Bank CEO Pete Williston is pictured along with current executive vice president Tommy Anderton and current president Joe Carter. Carter will be retiring in June, and Anderton will assume the role of the bank’s president.

Citizens Bank announced that Joe Carter will retire in June 2019 as president of the bank.

Carter is a native of Macon County and has worked his entire banking career at Citizens Bank in Lafayette, a span of 41 years.

Carter will continue to serve on the board of directors as well as on the loan committees of the bank.

"It's been an honor to work for this institution, and I've made many lifetime friends during the 40-plus years I have worked here, both employees and customers," Carter said. "Even though I will be retiring from my daily responsibilities, I will continue to be very much involved by serving on the board of directors and loan committees. I will miss all employees and customers, but I look forward to slowing down a bit and spending more time with my family."

Citizens Bank CEO Pete Williston added, "We will miss Joe and his leadership, but I'm happy that he will get to spend some quality time with his family. I am personally thankful for Joe's wise advice, his unwavering support, and his warm friendship. I will miss him greatly, since I never could have asked for a better business partner. However, I am comforted that he will be doing what he wants to do most, be with his family."

The board of directors also elected Tommy Anderton to the board effective immediately and appointed Anderton to the position of president, effective on July 1, 2019.

Anderton joined the Citizens Bank family in 2015 as executive vice president and South Regional President after enjoying 39 years of banking experience in Tennessee. He has previous experience as CEO and president for three community banks in the Citizens footprint from 1987-2015.

His experience in both market and responsibilities will ensure the Citizens Bank branches, employees, and customers will be in good hands. His current responsibilities include overseeing the bank's southern Tennessee branch locations, commercial banking, and senior lending officer duties.

"I am extremely honored to be associated with the quality employees and customers of Citizens Bank," Anderton said. "I am very confident in our ability together to deliver exceptional results and excited to return my efforts to markets in which I have previous experience."

Williston added, "Joe Carter is leaving a legacy with some big shoes to fill. However, I have known Tommy Anderton for over 30 years, and I'm confident he will do a great job as Citizens Bank's next president."

Citizens Bank was founded in Lafayette in 1909 and has 19 locations in 10 counties in Middle Tennessee. The bank has grown to $915 million in assets and is now the 21st largest bank headquartered in the state of Tennessee.