Washington, D.C. 20549



Form 8-K




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported) September 21, 2017




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




California   000-33063   33-0937517

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

  (Commission File No.)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)



86 North Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257

(559) 782-4900

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 8.01. Other Events

On September 21, 2017 the shareholders of OCB Bancorp (“Ojai”) approved of its merger with and into Sierra Bancorp (the “Company”) pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and Merger dated April 24, 2017 by and between the Company and OCB Bancorp. The merger is expected to close on October 1, 2017.

In addition, on September 22, 2017 the Company issued a press release announcing Ojai shareholder approval. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits. The information required to be furnished pursuant to this item is set forth in the Exhibit Index which appears below, immediately before the signatures.



Exhibit No.



   Press release issued by Sierra Bancorp dated September 22, 2017




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: September 22, 2017



    By:   /s/ Kenneth R. Taylor
      Kenneth R. Taylor

Executive Vice President &

Chief Financial Officer