Presiding Commissioner - Harold Gallaher
Harold Gallaher is a 1965 Bismarck High School graduate. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1971 from the University of Missouri in Rolla.
Harold Gallaher worked for S.T. Echols, Inc. of Bismarck after graduating from college and eventually purchased that small family owned company in 1976. The Echols family had invented the snow cone and held patents on ice shaving machinery to produce that product. He led the company to international sales and added new concession food machinery to the product line. He also patented improvements to these products and sold the business in 1988.
He went on to create SMC, Inc. in 1994 which was a funeral home supply business and sold that business in 2001. In 2003 Gallaher purchased a local farm and he's primarily self-employed with other ventures while staying actively involved within the community.
Gallaher has served on the commission of the Board of Equalization, the First Class County Committee, and on the Technical Committee for the Big River Watershed project. During the past year he made it a point to help prepare himself for this office by attending the public meetings of some of the cities, the St. Francois County Ambulance District, the senior board, the health center board and other local groups in an effort to listen and learn.
Harold is also a member of the Parkland Beekeepers Association, the St. Francois County Historical Society, and is a Master Gardener through the University of Missouri Extension. He is a member of Meadow Heights Church and Parkland Chapel in Farmington.
Gallaher served as an alderman for the City of Bismarck for two terms in late 1970s and the early 1980s. He also served 18 years on the Bismarck school board for a total of 22 years of elective service within his community.