Gallagher has served as mayor as Wartrace since 1998. Prior to this tenure of office Gallagher had been on the Wartrace Board from 1980 to 1985 and mayor in 1986 and 1987.
During Gallagher's first tenure as mayor, working with the town council, the present building for the fire hall was purchased; land for a new sewer plant was purchased and a grant for $1.4 million was received to build it; a master plan for a park was drawn up; additional property was purchased for the park; and a small business loan program was implemented. To date 18 business loans have been made with eight new businesses created and nine buildings renovated.
During the last 12 years Gallagher has worked with the council to renovate the old jailhouse, old gymnasium, well house, Town Hall and expand the fire hall. Improvements in Winnette-Ayers Park including construction of a large pavilion, playground equipment, and trees have been made with over $83,000 in grants. The town has received grants from Tennessee Housing Development Agency totaling $750,000. These grants have been used to build ten new homes in town and renovate ten other homes. The town has received $83,000 in grants to rehabilitate its sewer plant. Over $3 million in grants and low interest loans have been received to update the 1936 water system owned by the town. Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded the town $220,530 in grants for sidewalk construction and downtown enhancement.
Gallagher presently serves on the board of directors of South Central Development District, the board of directors of the Duck River Agency, the board of trustees of Heritage Medial Center and Bedford County Joint Economic Development Board. He chairs the Wartrace Water Board, Wartrace Planning Commission and the Wartrace MusicFest Committee. He is a member of Shelbyville Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has served on the board of directors of Leadership Bedford and the Bedford County Railroad Authority.
Gallagher attended Wartrace Elementary and The Webb School. He has a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee and a master's degree from Akron University. He is a graduate of the Elected Official Academy of the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of Tennessee Military Academy, where he received a commission as an Army Reserve Officer.
For the past 41 years, Gallagher has been married to Jean (Adcock) Gallagher, a teacher at Cascade School. They have three sons and four grandchildren. He owns Gallagher Guitar Co. and is minister of the Wartrace Church of Christ.
"I have appreciated the opportunity to serve as the mayor of Wartrace," said Gallagher. "If re-elected, I will work with the council to complete the enhancement projects; develop a program to attract new businesses to Wartrace; continue to improve our water system; create an archival room to preserve our communities heritage and expand the existing community center."