PAINTSVILLE — Citizens National Corporation announced that President and CEO Dennis T. Dorton is retiring on July 31.
Three generations of Dorton’s family spearheaded operations at Citizen National Bank. Dorton has served the organization for 42 years.
His grandfather, D.H. Dorton Sr., started working at the bank in 1921 as an assistant cashier, and he worked his way up through some of the hardest economic times in the country’s history to become president of a thriving institution.
“Throughout the years, the Dorton family’s leadership has become synonymous with community-driven growth,” a press release from the bank said.
Dorton, a native of Pikeville and a Morehead State University graduate, joined Citizens National Bank of Paintsville in 1970. He was elected to the bank’s board of directors in 1982 and named president four years later.
Over the years, he served in numerous community roles, including posts with the Kentucky Bankers Association, the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and other community and faith-based organizations.
Citizens National Bank Chairman Greg Meade said it would be “impossible to name all the contributions” Dorton made to the bank, calling his family “a cornerstone” of the organization and a “steadfast force dedicated to the development” of Kentucky and its communities.
V. Burton Bellamy is the new president and CEO of the bank.