From the office of Governor Jay Nixon:
April 14, 2015
Jefferson City, MO
Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Boone County Treasurer Nicole R. Galloway will be the new Missouri State Auditor. She will take over the position from State Auditor John Watson, who was appointed by the Governor to serve in the position on an interim basis following the death of the previous Auditor, Thomas Schweich.
Galloway, a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, has served as the Boone County Treasurer since April 2011. She is a Democrat.
“The office of the State Auditor is responsible for safeguarding taxpayer dollars; rooting out waste, fraud and abuse; and ensuring that state government programs operate with the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability Missourians expect and deserve,” Gov. Nixon said. “As a CPA and certified fraud examiner, Nicole Galloway is uniquely qualified to step into this important role.”
“Every Missourian should know that this office will continue to hold itself – and others – to the highest standards of excellence and accountability,” Galloway said. “The people of Missouri have my commitment that I will be an independent watchdog that reviews all levels of government with even-handedness and integrity. The office will be committed to protecting taxpayers and ensuring that government is held accountable for the resources it uses and to the citizens it serves.”
As Boone County Treasurer, Galloway has managed the county’s investment portfolio and annual revenue and made Boone County adopt a debt management policy, which made it a model for counties around the state.
Galloway also has served as secretary/treasurer of the County Employment Retirement Fund, which is responsible for managing the pensions of 16,000 participants around the state, and as a board member of the Missouri County Treasurers’ Association. As the secretary/treasurer of the Missouri Technology Corporation, she has helped cultivate high-tech startups and entrepreneurs.
Galloway, age 32, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Crosby MBA Program at the University of Missouri, and obtained her undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and economics from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Before becoming County Treasurer, Galloway was a corporate auditor for Shelter Insurance Companies and an auditor for Brown Smith Wallace LLC in Creve Coeur, where she was responsible for auditing Fortune 500 corporations and insurance companies. She also served as an actuarial analyst from Allstate Insurance Company.
A native of Fenton, Galloway lives in Columbia with her husband, Jon, and their two sons, William and Benjamin.
“Tom Schweich’s death was a terrible loss for our state and a deeply personal tragedy for his family and loved ones,” Gov. Nixon said. “I know that Nicole Galloway will provide the judgment, integrity and experience that this statewide office requires, and which were provided by Auditor Watson during a difficult time. I also greatly appreciate John providing a steady hand to oversee the Auditor’s Office so it could continue to serve the people of this state.”
Galloway will be sworn in to office during the week of April 27, following the resignation of Watson. She will fill the remainder of the term for State Auditor, which will expire in January 2019.
A statement from State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D):
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel releases statement regarding Nicole Galloway’s appointment as State Auditor
JEFFERSON CITY – Treasurer Zweifel today released the following statement upon the appointment of Nicole Galloway as the new Missouri State Auditor.
“Nicole has proven to be a committed public servant as Boone County Treasurer, fighting for government transparency and accountability to taxpayers, and will bring that experience to Jefferson City. The Auditor serves a vital role as watchdog for Missouri taxpayers, and as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, I know Nicole is up to the challenge. She will conduct the office with discipline and integrity, and I look forward to working with her.”