Established by Missouri Statute, there are three commissioners in St. Francois County. All county business, including financial, road operations, budgeting, security and courthouse management, must go through the Commission. The Commission office is open Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Public commission meetings are held every Tuesday morning at 10 am.

Presiding Commissioner: Harold Gallaher
District 1 Commissioner: Kary Buckley
District 2 Commissioner: David Kater

Contact Information

1 West Liberty Street
Annex Building
Suite 301
Farmington, Missouri 63640

or 1-573-431-6505, Extension 6

Use contact form below

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Commission Meeting Videos

The commission meetings are recorded and uploaded to St. Francois County’s YouTube channel.  The YouTube button below will redirect you to our channel on YouTube.  There you will be able to watch the commission meetings.

St. Francois County achievements over the past few years

January 31st, 2020|

St. Francois County officially became a First-Class County on January 1, 2013.  Dr. David Cramp was the Presiding Commissioner at that time and did a wonderful job in handling the day-to-day operations during this transition [...]

Personnel Policies Handbook – June 18, 2019 Revisions

June 19th, 2019|

These are handbook revisions we will be voting on July 1st. Any questions, comments, or concerns; please direct them to the County Clerks Office at Personnel Policies Handbook (FINAL June 18 Revisions) Vehicle Accident [...]

Changes to our payroll system

July 31st, 2018|

St. Francois became a County in late 1821.  At that time employees received a wage of about $10 per week.  There were no deductions as income taxes would not come for another 92 years.  There [...]

Commission Update – May 2018

June 1st, 2018|

In 1851 our St. Francois County jail was a log structure. A man did not like our jail and decided to burn it down! He apparently had only one available brain cell and it did [...]

Harold Gallaher


Harold Gallaher is a graduate of Bismarck High School and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

During his college years he worked for the Pilot Knob Pellet Company as that company was being developed and built. In that capacity he set up new offices, made them operational and then trained the person(s) that would go on to fill that office. He also developed designs for new equipment to be used in the operation of the company.

After graduation he joined S.T. Echols, Inc. of Bismarck and eventually purchased that small family owned business. The Echols family had invented the SNOW CONE and held patents on ice shaving machinery to produce that product. Gallaher led the company to international sales and added new concession food equipment to the product line. He also patented improvements to those products before selling the business.

He then created SMC, Inc. which was a funeral home supply business and then sold that business. Gallaher has purchased a small local farm and stays actively involved within the community. Gallaher has served on this County’s Board of Equalization, the First-Class County Committee and on the Technical Committee for the Big River Watershed project. He prepared himself for the Commission office by attending meetings 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. He also attended every County Commission meeting for 5 years prior to running for office.

In recent years Harold and a business partner developed and patented HAROLD’S FAMOUS BEE CREAM  as a natural bee-venom based pain reliever. It is now sold around the world. He has also been named to the Bismarck High School HALL OF FAME.

Harold and wife, Sandy, attend the Parkland Chapel in Farmington. Before becoming Commissioner, Harold served two terms as a Bismarck Alderman and 18 years on the Bismarck School Board.

Harold’s varied background in mining, manufacturing, Engineering, business, education, city government, agriculture, funeral home service, watershed planning, and other experiences have uniquely helped him in serving St. Francois County in the role of Presiding Commissioner.

Kary Buckley


I was born and raised in Farmington, Mo to the late Ken & Peggy Buckley. My father was the Sheriff of St. Francois County off and on for 24 years. While my dad served as Sheriff, we lived above the old county jail in Farmington, which is now a historical site. Some of my fondest memories was my mother, Peggy, preparing food for the inmates so my brothers and I could take their meals downstairs to feed the prisoners. Not a conventional childhood but a lot of fun memories were made living above the jail. After attending Farmington High School and Mineral Area College I met my wife Kim, with whom I have been married to for 36 years. We share two children together, Son Kolby and Daughter, Kristen (deceased).

In 1979 I began running a wrecker for Dave Mull which led me to buy the business from Dave around 1987 and Buckley Towing began. I had a very successful business for the past 31 years giving me experience in budgeting, planning, construction, operating various pieces of equipment and of course gave me a working knowledge of this wonderful County I call home.

I have served as a member of the original Back-stoppers organization, past 911 Citizen Advisory Council, Board Member of First State Community Bank, served as a volunteer on the Farmington Fire Department and spent countless hours coaching Youth football. I consider it a privilege and honor to have been able to make multiple contributions to our local fire, police, and ambulance organizations on our “Front lines.”

In my spare time I enjoy racing as a hobby, particularly Vintage dirt track cars.

I look forward to serving the citizens of St. Francois County as Commissioner District 1 as we plan for a prosperous future for our growing Community.

David Kater


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