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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 26, 2021

SIERRA BANCORP

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

California

000-33063

33-0937517

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

86 North Main Street, Porterville, CA 93257

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)

(559) 782-4900

(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)

Not applicable

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

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, no par value

BSRR

NASDAQ Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Item 5.07submission of matters to a vote of security holders

The Company’s annual meeting of shareholders was held on May 26, 2021, at which time shareholders voted in favor of item 1, election of directors, item 2, ratification of appointment of independent accountants, item 3, ratification of indemnification agreements with directors and certain executive officers, and item 4, advisory vote on executive compensation. Proxies were solicited by the Company’s management pursuant to Regulation 14 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

A total of 12,236,733 shares were represented and voting at the meeting, constituting 79.40% of the 15,410,763 issued and outstanding shares entitled to vote at the meeting. There was no solicitation in opposition to Management’s nominees for directorship as listed in the proxy statement, and all of such nominees were elected pursuant to the vote of shareholders. The vote on the election of the six nominees to serve as Class I directors for two-year terms was as follows:

1

For

Percent Votes Cast “For”

Withheld

Percent Votes Withheld

Albert L. Berra

7,923,637

84.67%

1,434,080

15.33%

Julie G. Castle

9,234,048

98.68%

123,669

1.32%

Vonn R. Christenson

8,108,582

86.65%

1,249,135

13.35%

Laurence S. Dutto

8,136,310

86.95%

1,221,407

13.05%

Kevin J. McPhaill

9,104,103

97.29%

253,614

2.71%

Gordon T. Woods

7,841,883

83.80%

1,515,834

16.20%

There were 2,879,016 broker non-votes received with respect to this item.

The terms of the following directors continued after the shareholders’ meeting: Robb Evans, James C. Holly, Lynda B. Scearcy, Morris A. Tharp, and Susan M. Abundis.

The appointment of Eide Bailly LLC as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021 was ratified, with the number of shares cast as follows:

For:12,211,349

Against:19,312

Abstain:6,072

The number voting “for” constituted 99.79% of the total number of shares represented and voting at the meeting with respect to proposal 2. There were no broker non-votes with respect to this item.

The indemnification agreements with directors and certain executive officers were ratified, with the number of shares cast as follows:

For:8,600,273

Against:679,805

Abstain:77,639

The number voting “for” constituted 91.90% of the total number of shares represented and voting at the meeting with respect to proposal 3. There were 2,879,016 broker non-votes received with respect to this item.

The advisory vote on executive compensation was approved, with the number of shares cast as follows:

For:8,553,064

Against:737,545

Abstain:67,108

The number voting “for” constituted 91.40% of the total number of shares represented and voting at the meeting with respect to proposal 4. There were 2,879,016 broker non-votes received with respect to this item.

SIGNATURES

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


Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

Dated: May 27, 2021

SIERRA BANCORP



By: /s/ Christopher G. Treece​ ​

Christopher G. Treece
Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer