The Bank of Santa Clarita is searching for a new chief executive following the departure of James Hicken from that position.

Hicken was a founding director of the bank that started in 2004.

Frank Di Tomaso, chairman of the bank’s board, will serve as CEO on an interim basis during the search for a permanent replacement.

“We, the Board of Directors, thank Jim for his long service in establishing the Bank of Santa Clarita as the leading independent bank in the Santa Clarita community,” di Tomaso said in a prepared statement. “We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.”

Mark R. Madler