OCC taps veteran to fill place of retiring chief national bank examiner

Blake Paulson is the national bank regulator’s next chief national bank examiner, adding to his duties now as the head of midsize and community bank supervision, the agency said Thursday.

Paulson will assume his additional role at the end of the month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said. He will succeed Morris Morgan as chief national bank examiner. Morgan will retire at the end of the month after 35 years of service at the agency, the OCC said.

According to the agency, the chief national bank examiner title “embodies the agency’s focus on its core mission of ensuring the federal banking system operates in a safe and sound manner, treats customers fairly, and complies with laws and regulations.” In his current role as senior deputy comptroller for midsize and community bank supervision, he oversees supervision of more than 1,000 banks and savings associations, the OCC said.

Paulson is a 34-year veteran of the agency. Among other positions held, he has been deputy comptroller for the agency’s central district, as that district’s associate deputy comptroller, and as an assistant deputy comptroller for midsize bank supervision.

Blake Paulson Named OCC’s Next Chief National Bank Examiner