Bill Jones Independence Bank McCracken County Community Board Member

Independence Bank proudly welcomes William J. Jones to the McCracken County community board, who will also rotate onto the corporate board.

“Our community boards are made up of women and men who love serving and giving back to their communities,” Independence Bank McCracken County President Kevin Kauffeld shared. “They are proud to serve on Independence Bank’s board because our philosophy and mission aligns with theirs. Mr. Jones has the reputation and passion for giving and nurturing growth in the communities he has lived in and served. We are proud of the commitment to leadership and community he brings to our board.”

Jones, a community leader, retired from the finance industry this summer after nearly four decades. In his most recent role as Executive Vice President, he directed commercial, business and consumer banking sales and service across eight states. Over the years, Bill led the unit through compelling organizational and digital transformation, resulting in significant growth.

“Independence Bank is a growth-oriented and solid ethical financial institution,” Jones expressed. “The local decisions factor, paired with the desire to improve its regional footprint, were attractive aspects in this decision. I look forward to the participation and prosperity.”

Bill’s strong financial acumen, along with audit and risk management experience, stem from his earliest experiences serving as an Ernst and Young CPA, as a privately-owned business CFO, then as the CEO and CFO of an SEC registered bank holding company.

“We are always looking for talent and opportunities to be better, whether it’s for our frontline or through an addition of a new director,” Independence Bank President Jacob Reid said. “Our goals and objectives are to continually look for those that match up with the mission. With Mr. Jones’ wealth of banking knowledge and his relationships throughout the region, the future is bright for Independence Bank as we continue to strive to become one of the largest community banks in the Commonwealth.”

Bill has extensive experience with a number of additional civic and community organizations. In 2017, Bill was recognized by Leadership Kentucky with the Flame of Excellence Award which honors someone who has contributed immeasurably to the success of the state and its residents.

The Owensboro native recently completed his term as the Non-Executive Chairman of Bon Secours Mercy Health of Kentucky—having previously served on the Finance and Strategy Committee of the parent company and is also on the Commonwealth Fund for Kentucky Board. Bill lives in Paducah with his wife Theresa.


Independence Bank is a regional community bank with 29 locations in Calloway, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Logan, McCracken, McLean, Shelby, Warren and Webster counties. One of the fastest growing banks in Kentucky and fifth largest, Independence Bank possesses the size and experience to serve the largest and most complex clients and offers trust and investment services and agricultural services. As a banking revolution for the people, by the people, central to Independence Bank’s mission is doing what is right and fair for customers, communities and employees. Independence Bank has been recognized in multiple categories by the American Bankers Association, including being named a Top Performing Bank and Best Bank to Work For, for 14 consecutive years, a Best Place to Work in Kentucky for 12 years and has assets totaling $3.4 billion.