• Gov. Phil Bryant Appoints Wilson Banking Commissioner

    JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Jerry Wilson of Columbus, Miss., as Banking Commissioner. Wilson will serve a four-year term beginning July 1.


    As Banking Commissioner, Wilson will be responsible for oversight of financial institutions chartered under state authority and will ensure that those institutions comply with Mississippi’s banking laws and regulations.

    “I am pleased that Jerry has accepted this appointment,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am confident that his integrity and professional experience make him well-qualified to ensure that Mississippi’s financial institutions operate soundly in accordance with our state’s laws.”

    Wilson has previously served in a state-level financial oversight position as a member of the Public Funds Guaranty Pool Board, a body that monitors compliance and requirements for member banks that pledge securities to public funds.

    In 2011, he retired as president and CEO of Bankfirst Financial Services. Wilson led the bank to grow its assets from $46 million when he joined the company in 1984 to more than $700 million at his retirement last year.

    “I thank Gov. Bryant for his confidence in appointing me to this position,” Wilson said. “Mississippi has a very strong banking community, and I look forward to working with the current staff of banking and consumer finance and the bankers in our state.”

    Wilson has built more than 40 years of banking and financial industry experience throughout his career. Prior to joining Bankfirst, Wilson served as community bank president of People’s Bank in Grenada, Miss., and also worked as an auditor and loan review officer at Bancorp South. From 1967 to 1969, he served as assistant national bank examiner under the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where he examined banks for safety and soundness.

    Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

    He has served as an executive board member of the Mississippi Bankers Association and is former president of the Macon-Brooksville Rotary Club and the Noxubee Chamber of Commerce. From 2007 to 2011, Wilson served as a member of the board of Mississippi National Bankers Bank. The bank provides correspondence services like check clearing, loan participation and federal fund service for member banks.

    Wilson is a recipient of the E.G. Flora Service Award presented by the Rotary Club and the Noxubee Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year award.

    He is married to the former Mary Earl Carver; they have three sons and four grandchildren.

    Wilson’s appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.

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