OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2010) - Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), announced the promotion of Ron Davenport to Vice President Mid-Valley Area Manager.

Davenport joined the bank in 2006 as Vice President Branch Manager for the Modesto 12th and I Street Branch. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Bank's business development initiatives, overall direction, and evaluation of the branches within the Mid-Valley Area, which includes the Bank's 12th and I Street, Escalon, Patterson, and Turlock branches.

"Ron has a proven track record of driving performance through consistently strong execution of our retail strategies and business development practices," said Wendy Burth, Executive Vice President Retail Banking. "He has been an outstanding addition to Oak Valley Community Bank and will continue to be successful in building business in the area."

Ron has 33 years of banking experience and has worked in the Central Valley since 1988. He specializes in business development and relationship management. Ron has been active in the Modesto community for many years including serving as board member for several non-profit organizations. He is currently a member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Land Use and Transportation Committee. He graduated from Leadership Modesto in June 2009. Ron and his wife, Chris, have lived in Modesto for more than 20 years.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley & Eastern Sierra Community Bank, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. The Company currently operates through 12 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Sonora, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, two branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

For more information call 1-866-844-7500 or visit us online at www.ovcb.com.

Contact Information: Contact: Ron Martin/Chris Courtney Phone: (209) 848-BANK (2265) Toll Free (866) 844-7500 www.ovcb.com