JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed fellow Democrat Nicole Galloway to replace the state Auditor Tom Schweich, who fatally shot himself earlier this year.
Nixon announced Galloway’s appointment Tuesday, shortly before police in suburban St. Louis were to hold a news conference about their investigation into Schweich’s apparent suicide.
Galloway currently is the Boone County treasurer. She will serve the remainder of Schweich’s four-year term, which began in January. Schweich, a Republican, had been running for governor in 2016.
Galloway’s appointment means five of Missouri’s six statewide elected offices will be held by Democrats. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will be the only Republican.
Nixon first appointed Galloway as Boone County treasurer in 2011, following the death of Treasurer Jan Fugit. She was elected to a four-year term the following year.