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.

Commission Update – March 2018

March 31st, 2018|

The work on the County’s new WEBER ROAD FACILITY (WRF) is progressing nicely. We were blessed with the donation of this wonderful building by BJC/Parkland Health Center in early 2017. Tenants in the building at [...]

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 BuckleyPicture of 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 KaterPicture of David Kater


David Kater has been a lifelong resident of St. Francois County. He graduated from North County High School and went on to attend Mineral Area College. He received his EMT certification which he utilized as a volunteer firefighter in the communities of Terre Du Lac and Desloge. He served in the capacity of Lieutenant and Captain during his time in Desloge.

David was employed by Midwest Land Company for several years assisting in creating topographical maps, finding corners and surveying land in the greater Southeast Missouri region. He went on to work for Brockmiller Constuction for thirteen years as a yard supervisor and laborer. He was responsible for maintaining their vehicle fleet, order and delivery of construction materials, maintenance and upkeep of properties owned by Brockmiller, assisting in the bid and payment process of large scale construction projects and numerous other duties as needed. During his time at the construction company, he also served as an adjunct instructor at Mineral Area College in the Fire Academy. He taught Firefighter I and II, HAZWOPER and Hazmat classes and numerous other fire service courses for the fire services degree.

He left Brockmiller Construction Company to begin a career with Union Pacific Railroad in DeSoto. David was employed as a Union Laborer and Carman for the railroad for nine years. He attended trainings in Omaha, Nebraska; Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri. During his time at Union Pacific, he taught multiple Hazmat and train the trainer courses. He later completed the Foreman in Training Program for Union Pacific in Denver, Colorado. He subsequently filled in as a foreman in DeSoto as needed. He held a Lead carman positon and was the DeSoto Union Pacific REDBLOCK and Peer Support Specialist. The REDBLOCK program addresses substance abuse in the workplace. As a Peer Support Specialist, he provided a listening ear to fellow employees for home and work related stressors.

In 2001 David was elected as Desloge City Alderman for Ward 3 where he served until 2005 when he was elected Desloge City Mayor. He served as the Mayor for the City until resigning in December 2020 due to his election as your St. Francois County Associate Commissioner for District 2. David is currently the longest serving Mayor in Desloge history. During his time as Mayor, he served as a Board member for the Missouri Municipal League for five years. He assisted in and led the city in numerous large projects including the Desloge waterworks system, completion of the Eastern Outer Road and Bridge project, replacing the VoTech bridge at the outer edge of Desloge and the Desloge Drive project which installed sidewalks and lighting to the downtown area. The Eastern Outer Road project was a joint project utilizing Federal, State and City funds. The VoTech bridge project was a combination of State, County and City funds.

David has served as a board member for St. Francois County Ambulance District for over 15 years. He is currently serving as the President of the Board. He has also been a member of the Desloge Chamber of Commerce and spent many years coaching Raider Jr. Football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He most recently returned to coach his granddaughter’s Tball team. David and his wife Tina reside in Desloge. Together they enjoy traveling, hiking and time spent enjoying the outdoors. They have six children who have all attended North County High School. David is an avid sports fan, especially of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. In his spare time, he enjoys disc golf with his sons.

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