SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 24, 2012
Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
Kansas City, MO
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
The Corporate Governance Guidelines of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”) state that Directors should volunteer to resign from the Board upon a change in position from that held when they were elected to the Board. In the spirit of that guideline, due to changes in the company of which he is president, on January 24, 2012, Mr. Dan C. Simons indicated his willingness not to stand for re-election at the expiration of his current term. Mr. Simons will continue to serve his current term of office which expires on the date of the next annual shareholders' meeting on April 18, 2012.
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.
COMMERCE BANCSHARES, INC.
By: \s\ Jeffery D. Aberdeen
Jeffery D. Aberdeen
(Chief Accounting Officer)
Date: January 26, 2012