July 23 - Effective July 19, 2013, Jack Johnson has been promoted to chairman of the board at Farmers & Merchants Bancorp; replacing the retiring David P. Rupp Jr. Rupp has been a valued member of the company's board of directors since 2001, and served as chairman since 2009.
Johnson has been on the board of directors since 1991 and has served on the company's compensation committee, corporate governance and nominating committee, the loan review committee and the executive committee. He is the owner and president of Hawk's Clothing Inc. and a life-time resident of Williams County, Ohio.
The board of directors has named Jo Ellen Hornish to fill the vacancy on both the company's and bank's board of directors created by Rupp's retirement. Hornish resides in Defiance, Ohio, with her husband Samuel Hornish Sr. Hornish is president of Advantage Powder Coating Inc., Hornish Bros Inc. and Fountain City Leasing Inc.
Farmers & Merchants State Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank that has been serving Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana since 1897. The Farmers & Merchants State Bank provides commercial banking, retail banking and other financial services through its 20 offices with locations in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams, Lucas, and Wood counties of Northwest Ohio. In Northeast Indiana they have offices located in DeKalb and Steuben counties.