Darrell Merkel named President and CEO of SAFE

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SUMTER, South Carolina, April 18, 2017 – Darrell Merkel, who served SAFE Federal Credit Union for nearly 30 years, has returned to the credit union in the role of president and CEO.                        

Merkel, who retired as executive vice president in 2014, has come out of retirement to serve SAFE once again.

He joined the credit union originally as a loan manager, and soon became vice president of lending. He later moved into the senior vice president of operations role, and then served for 12 years as executive vice president.

“Darrell Merkel was a strong leader during his original tenure with SAFE, and we are happy to have him back as president and CEO,” said Kay Oldhouser Davis, chair of the Board of Directors of SAFE Federal Credit Union. “We look forward to the leadership he will provide as we continue to grow and as we continue to provide outstanding service to our more than 100,000 members throughout South Carolina and around the world.”

Merkel came to SAFE from the banking industry, after attending Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He lives in Cayce.