First Farmers hires controller

Maury native has worked in audit at Kraft, Rayburn firms

First Farmers & Merchants Bank has hired its new controller from a Brentwood accounting firm. Jill Giles comes to Columbia-based First Farmers after two years at Rayburn Bates & Fitzgerald, where she had been audit manager since 2011.

At First Farmers, Giles replaces Robert Matthews, who is now the bank's new director of human resources. She will help prepare quarterly and annual financials and supervise the quality of the bank's accounting and financial reporting.

"Jill brings with her a wealth of experience that should serve us well as we continue to grow and provide the best possible customer service," said T. Randy Stevens, chairman and CEO of First Farmers, in a statement. "Her background working with community banks gives her a unique perspective and will enable her to make a valuable contribution to our team."

Prior to her time at Rayburn Bates & Fitzgerald, Giles spent five years at Kraft CPAs, first as an audit senior and then an audit manager. At both firms, the Maury County native worked extensively with community banks as well as nonprofits and small private companies.

First Farmers has about $1 billion in assets and runs 18 branches in seven area counties.