ONTARIO, Calif. (6/28/10)--Former California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President /CEO David Chatfield has been named interim president/CEO of the leagues, effective July 6. He will replace current President/CEO Bill Cheney when Cheney becomes president/ CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Chatfield has nearly 40 years of credit union experience. He was president/CEO of the California league for 15 years and president of the Nevada league for nine years. He also served on the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He is expected to serve as interim leader for several months. Concurrently, the leagues' search committee is conducting an extensive search for a permanent president/CEO. The committee plans to have a new leader in office before the leagues’ annual meetings, scheduled for mid-November. "Dave is a seasoned league executive, a living credit union legend, and will provide steady leadership that will help the league continue its model of excellence during this transition period,” said Cheney. “With nearly four decades of credit union experience, Dave is exactly the type of leader who can guide a seamless transition. He has been a significant help to me, and I know he’ll be of great assistance to the next president/CEO of the leagues.” Chatfield first joined the credit union movement as a volunteer elected official in 1965. His career includes positions with CUNA’s Washington office, in field management for the CUNA Mutual Group, in management at the New York State and Alaska Credit Union leagues, in senior management at Alaska USA FCU, and as executive director of the Filene Research Institute. “He is an excellent leader and will be a great resource to our board as we enter this important transition.” said Jeff York, California league chairman and CEO of CoastHills FCU, Lompoc, Calif. “Dave Chatfield understands our movement,” said Nevada league Chairman Wally Murray, CEO of Greater Nevada CU, Carson City, Nev. “He not only is a veteran CEO, but understands our needs at the state level...," he added. Chatfield received the Herb Wegner Memorial Award in 1997 and was inducted into the Credit Union Executives Society Hall of Fame in 1998. He received the Eagle Award in 2004 and the Eugene H. Farley League Leadership Award in 2005, both from the American Association of Credit Union Leagues.