Heritage Oaks Bank Promotes William Raver to Executive Vice President - 02/10/09

For Immediate Release
8:00A.M. PT, February 10th, 2009
Mitch Massey, SVP

(Paso Robles, CA) Heritage Oaks Bancorp, (NASDAQ: HEOP), the parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank, today announced the promotion of William (Bill) Raver to the position of Executive Vice President/General Counsel. For the past three years, Bill has served the bank in the capacity of Compliance Officer and was recently promoted to General Counsel in July of 2008. In his newly expanded role, Bill will now oversee Legal, Compliance, Regulatory, and Corporated Governance, as well as Risk Management issues.

"Bill brings to our organizatino a wealth of experience with 23 years as practicing attorney. His expertise in the legal and regulator arenas has allowed our organization to build an outstanding complaince infrastructure which will be extremely beneficial as we grwo over the next several years," stated larry Ward, President and CEO.

Bill earned his Law Degree from Western State Universtiy where he was Valedictorian of his class. His legal experience includes time worked in teh legal departments at American Savings & Laon Association and Home Savings & Loan. He has also worked at a large law firm in Los Angeles and in private practice in Cambria.

Before joining Heritage Oaks Bank, Bill served as the President of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Associatino and was a member of teh Board of Truestees of the Coast Unified School District. Bill currently sits on the Board of Directors of teh San Luis Obispo Community Foundation and has previously served as a director of Greenspace, The Cambria Land Trust, Friends of the Elephant Seal and the San Luis Obispo Legal Alternatives Corporation.

Bill is married, with two children. He and his family have lived in San Luis Obispo County since 1989.

Celebrating TWENTY SIX years of dedicated service, Heritage Oaks Bancorp is the holding company for Heritage Oaks Bank which operates as Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First, a division of Heritage Oaks Bank. Heritage Oaks Bank has its headquarters plus one branch office in Paso Robles, two branch offices in San Luis Obispo, single branch offices in Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, San Miguel, Templeton, and Morro Bay and three branch offices in Santa Maria. Heritage Oaks Bank conducts commercial banking business in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County. The Business First division has two branch office in Santa Barbara. Expect More and learn more by visiting www.heritageoaksbank.com.

Heritage Oaks Bank is the largest publicly owned and operated community bank on the Central Coast and is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Equal Housing Lender.