Former Chattanooga Banker Named Interim CFO for Growing Mid-State Bank

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Jerry Cooksey has joined the executive management team at First Advantage Bank. He will oversee all of the bank’s financial operations, including accounting and financial reporting, and regulatory compliance as acting Chief Financial Officer.

The Board of Directors for First Advantage Bancorp, the holding company of First Advantage Bank, appointed Cooksey to the interim post while it searches for a permanent CFO. The bank will retain Cooksey in an executive position to be determined once a new CFO is named.

“Jerry’s addition is the latest in a series of changes to position us for continued growth and align our team with the strategic direction for the future. We continue to renew in terms of our products and services. Our people really make us successful and differentiate us from other banks. Jerry’s executive management experience is a particularly strong addition for us and will help ensure we achieve our potential for growth,” said First Advantage Bank CEO Earl Bradley.

Cooksey was most recently Senior Vice President and Controller for First Security Group, Inc./FSGBank in Chattanooga, where he led SEC and regulatory reporting and oversaw the institution’s accounting. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President and CFO for Clayton Bank & Trust in Knoxville. Cooksey’s 20-year banking career includes various executive management roles with community banks and credit unions in East and Southeast Tennessee.

Cooksey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and an MBA from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
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