Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 14, 2015 3:56 PM

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) - Missouri's governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer and former insurance auditor as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the suicide in February of the prior auditor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson.

Galloway is a Democrat as is the governor, while Schweich was a Republican.

"Tom Schweich’s death was a terrible loss for our state and a deeply personal tragedy for his family and loved ones,” Nixon said in a statement. "Nicole Galloway will provide the judgment, integrity and experience that this statewide office requires."

Galloway will be sworn in to office during the week of April 27, the governor's office said.

Schweich was seeking his party's nomination to run for governor when he was found dead from a single gunshot wound in his St. Louis-area home on Feb. 26. He was embroiled in a political battle with some Republican party leaders at the time of his death.

Less than a month later, one of Schweich's top aides, also a veteran of Republican state politics, was found shot to death in his home in what authorities also said was a suicide.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo; Editing by Lisa Lambert)