Belle Plaine resident Chris Meyer has been promoted to chief credit officer for United Prairie Bank.

United Prairie Bank, a $560 million asset bank with 13 locations in southern and west central Minnesota, is headquartered in Mankato. The company, which has 220 employees, has been recently ranked by American Banker Weekly (May 10, 2012 edition) as the second largest community bank ag lender by loan volume in Minnesota.

“Chris has exceeded our expectations in his role as senior credit officer,” said Scott Cooper, chief risk management officer at UPB. “His able hand in credit administration, sound judgment and leadership abilities have led us to move him up in terms of responsibility. In this new role, he will have primary responsibility for the bank’s entire loan portfolio.”

Meyer is a relative newcomer to UPB, having started with the company at the beginning of July. The company has been searching for a replacement for former Chief Credit Officer Gregory D. Mark, who retired earlier this year after 17 years of service.

Meyer has been in the financial industry for 20 years, with eight years as a bank president and two in corporate credit administration. He’s currently on the Minnesota Bankers’ Association’s Government Relations Council. He recently retired from the Belle Plaine Volunteer Fire Department, which he served for almost 20 years, including six as fire chief.