Horizon Community Bank has appointed Ralph Tapscott as president and chief operating officer.

He succeeds Jerry Ernst, who will remain as chief executive officer until retiring from day to day management of the bank around the end of the year, as previously announced. Ernst will continue to serve on the board of directors for Horizon Community Bank.

With more than 29 years of executive experience in the banking industry, Tapscott brings significant experience, insight and depth to the executive team as we proceed with our plans for future growth and expansion.

Tapscott has spent much of his career working with community banks. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer for Republic Bank of Arizona. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer at Mohave State Bank, where he served for seven years.

Horizon Community Bank is a locally owned and operated FDIC insured commercial bank with branches in Fort Mohave, Lake Havasu City, Mesa, Parker, Kingman and Quartzsite, AZ, plus loan offices in Goodyear and Phoenix.