COLUMBUS, Ohio (6/28/10)--Carolyn Bradford was named the new superintendent of the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions, Kimberly Zurz, director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, announced Thursday. Bradford has worked with banks and businesses for more than 30 years and most recently served as CEO of a community bank in Southwestern Ohio. She succeeds John Reardon, who left May 7. “The Ohio Credit Union League is excited about the opportunity to share the positive impact Ohio’s 175 state-chartered credit unions have on their members,” Paul Mercer, president of the Ohio Credit Union League, told News Now. “Ms. Bradford’s strong and varied background in banking and business should serve her well in this new role.” The Division of Financial Institutions is responsible for the examination, supervision, and regulation of Ohio-chartered banks, savings and loan associations and savings banks, credit unions, money transmitters and trust companies. It also is responsible for licensing pawnbrokers, mortgage brokers, loan originators, credit service organizations, check cashing services, precious metal dealers, premium finance companies, short-term lenders, small-loan-act lenders and mortgage-loan-act lenders. Bradford will officially join the division July 12, but will be introduced to members of the banking industry during Ohio Bankers’ Day June 30 in Columbus.