Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway will be Missouri’s new auditor. Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday afternoon that he will appoint the 32-year-old Democrat to the post.
In Jefferson City, officials said Galloway will finish out the final three years of Tom Schweich’s term. She will be officially sworn into office sometime during the week of April 27. Republicans were critical of Nixon for appointing a Democrat to an office that a Republican had won without Democratic opposition just last fall.
Galloway has served as Boone County treasurer since 2011. She is a certified public accountant who previously was a corporate auditor at Shelter Insurance in Columbia. Prior to joining Shelter, she was an auditor for Brown Smith Wallace LLC, a public accounting firm.
Galloway received an MBA from the University of Missouri in 2008 and degrees in applied mathematics and economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2004.
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“Every Missourian should know that this office will continue to hold itself — and others — to the highest standards of excellence and accountability,” Galloway said.
She takes over an office still reeling from the suicides of both Schweich and his official spokesman in just over a month.
As speculation began to build about whom Nixon would pick to serve as auditor, leaders of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus urged him to make history and choose an African-American.
No African-American has ever held one of Missouri’s six statewide offices, which in addition to auditor are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer.
Nixon apparently interviewed at least two African-American candidates — Assistant House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty of Kansas City and St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green.
Republicans had been pressing Nixon to appoint someone from Schweich’s former staff to replace him, arguing that voters chose a Republican last fall and the Democratic governor should honor that choice.
“It is disappointing that Nixon has put politics ahead of the wishes of the voters by handpicking a member of his own party to fill the vacancy in the office,” said Jonathon Prouty, spokesman for the Missouri GOP.
But the choice of Galloway won praise from her fellow Democrats, including Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel.
“Nicole is up to the challenge,” said Zweifel, who formerly employed Galloway’s husband as his communications director.
Galloway said Tuesday that she intends to run for auditor in 2018.