Duane Fager Lays Out New Plans For CoreFirst

By: Doug Brown/Melissa Brunner
By: Doug Brown/Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka bank is seeing changes at the top.

Duane Fager announced this week that he will step down as President and CEO of CoreFirst Bank and Trust and take on the role of Chairman of the Board. His father, bank founder Emery Fager, recently retired as chairman.

Duane Fager says CoreFirst will recruit a new CEO with large-market experience. It's the first time a non-family member will oversee day to day operations, but Fager says it will be exciting to see new leadership and perspectives.

Fager quelched any concern the changes might see CoreFirst change its commitment to the community, saying the bank will remain "solidly in Topeka."

"We're interested in everything that's going on in Topeka," Fager said. "We try to be investing in the cultural fabric of Topeka. We're big supporters of the arts. We'll continue to be big supporters of all the things that make Topeka a great community."

In his new role, Fager will oversee CoreFirst's strategic planning and business development.

No timetable is set for a new CEO to be on board.

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