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T. Joe Danelson Retiring March 31, 2024

Nov 08, 2023 01:47PM ● By First Northern Bank News Release

A photo of T. Joe Danelson. Courtesy of First Northern Bank


DIXON, CA (MPG) - Jeremiah Z. Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer of First Northern Bank, today announced that T. “Joe” Danelson, 65, is retiring as Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer effective March 31, 2024. Joe joined First Northern Bank in January of 2015, and he has been instrumental in his leadership role in growing the Company from $540 million in total loans to over $1 billion today.

Joe has had a distinguished 42-year banking career working for both large and small banks. His broad experience, credit expertise and business acumen will be deeply missed. In the 10 years Joe has been with the Bank, he has transformed the credit culture to help First Northern reach even new heights. Joe’s impact will continue to accrue benefits well into the future. We wish Joe nothing but the best in the future and thank him for his service to the Bank.

“My journey with First Northern Bank has been incredibly rewarding, spanning 10 years of dedication and commitment to our vision of being the most admired community bank in Northern California,” Joe explained.

“It has been an honor to work alongside such a talented and dedicated team, and I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have gained during my time here. While I will miss the daily interactions and challenges that come with my role, I am looking forward to new adventures and spending more time with my family.”

The Bank has engaged McDermott & Bull to conduct an executive search to fill the position of Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer.

First Northern Bank, an independent community bank headquartered in Solano County since 1910, serves Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, Glenn, Colusa and the west slope of El Dorado County. First Northern has fourteen branches located in Dixon, Davis, West Sacramento, Fairfield, Vacaville, Winters, Woodland, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Auburn, Colusa, Willows, and Orland. The Bank has a commercial lending office in Walnut Creek. First Northern Bank also offers real estate mortgage loans, SBA Loans (Preferred Lender), and non-FDIC insured Investment and Brokerage Services at each branch location. In addition, the Bank has a Real Estate Mortgage Loan office located in Davis, and real estate loan representatives are available to meet customers at any of the Bank’s branches by appointment.

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