COLUMBIA — Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Democrat Nicole Galloway, a Columbia accountant, as Boone County treasurer Wednesday.
The position became vacant following the death of former Treasurer Janice Fugit on Feb. 1. Interim Treasurer Lisa Roland was filling the position while the governor searched for a full-time treasurer for the county, Galloway said.
Galloway, 28, said she is looking forward to the position.
“I was extremely excited about the opportunity,” she said. “I am really thankful that the governor has confidence in me in appointing me to this position.”
Galloway is a certified public accountant who works as a corporate auditor for Shelter Insurance Companies in Columbia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology and has a master’s degree in business administration from the MU's Crosby MBA Program.
“Nicole Galloway has the professional background necessary to serve the people of Boone County well,” Nixon said in a news release. “I appreciate her taking these responsibilities after the passing away of Janice Fugit, who provided exemplary service to the citizens of this county during her time as treasurer.”
Fugit served as Boone County treasurer for about a year starting in 2010.
Galloway said she realizes she has big shoes to fill but said she is thrilled to have the opportunity to do so.
“It’s a really great way to get involved in Boone County and public service,” she said. “Jan worked very hard to serve the citizens of the county, and I’m very honored to fill this position."
Galloway said she thinks the new position fits her skills well. Her goals for her new role are to keep taxpayer money safe in investments while keeping money liquid enough to meet the cash needs of the county and earn a return on investments for the county, she said.
“There’ll be things that are challenging because it’s a whole new way of thinking, but I’m really looking forward to the challenges,” Galloway said.